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Mr. Arkadin

Mr. Arkadin

Mr. Arkadin

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1955 / 93min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ORSON WELLES

CAST: ORSON WELLES

Welles revisited and revised the potent premise of Citizen Kane for this seamy thriller, in which the titular Eastern European financier—played by Welles, taking inspiration from Stalin and other strongmen—hires a tinhorn criminal (Robert Arden) to investigate his unsavory past, looking for dirty details that might be used against him. The mission leads through the back alleys of the Old World, and through a gauntlet of grotesques and decadents, played by the likes of Michael Redgrave, Katina Paxinou, and Mischa Auer, all contributing to the air of gathering anxiety, and the sense that ours is a venal, corrupt, and fallen world.

Screens as a part of In the Year of the Grifter.