Directed by Orson Welles • 1955 • United States
Starring Orson Welles, Paola Mori, Robert Arden
Orson Welles’s MR. ARKADIN (a.k.a. CONFIDENTIAL REPORT) tells the story of an elusive billionaire who hires an American smuggler to investigate his past, leading to a dizzying descent into a cold-war European landscape. The film’s history is also marked by this vertigo. This cut is believed to be the cut finished by producer Louis Dolivet after he barred Welles from the editing room. Although it alters the flashback structure and the title that Welles later claimed to have preferred, it does have the best picture quality of all the versions, and also contains some scenes not included in any of the others.