Mr. Arkadin


On December 25, an airplane

was sighted off the coast of Barcelona.

It was flying empty.

Investigation of this case

reached into the highest circles...

and the scandal

was very nearly responsible...

for the fall

of at least one European government.

This motion picture is

a fictionalized reconstruction...

of the events leading up to the murder...

and to the appearance

last Christmas morning...

of the empty plane.

Jakob Zouk?

Jakob Zouk?

I'm sorry, but you're gonna

have to talk to me.

We gotta get out of here.

Look, if we don't start moving right away,

you're gonna be killed.

I mean that - murdered!

I'm a dying man with no money.

Somebody wants to kill me?

- He's wasting his time.

- No money, huh?

Well, you could use some dough,

couldn't you?

- How would you like to earn 500 marks?

- Earn?

Or even a thousand.

We could go to my hotel.

No, that's no good. He might find us.

We go to another hotel.

I'll get you a fine room with a nice bed

and lots of warm, big, thick, heavy blankets.


And who are you, Santa Claus?

I am the one who's gonna keep you

from getting murdered.

Oh, I know you, Zouk.

You're an old jailbird.

Yeah, just out of stir.

An ex-dope pusher.

The world's forgotten you.

I wouldn't give you a thought if I didn't have to,

if my own life didn't depend on it.

- I'd better tell you my story.

- Who are you?

My name's Van Stratten.

Just a little while ago, when they caught me,

I was running American cigarettes in Italy.

A lot of us were doin' it after the war.

So what's this got to do with me?

I'm dying.

- Nothing, but will you listen -

- Leave me alone!

Will you shut up and listen!

There's hardly any time left.

You've gotta get this straight.

If I'm gonna save your miserable life for you,

you're gonna have to understand this story, see?

It all began one night last spring...

in the harbor at Naples.

Mily- that's my girl.

She was asleep on board the boat.

I'd been in town.

I was just coming back along the docks...

when suddenly I see this character

with a peg leg.

Seemed like he was in an awful hurry

to get away from there.

Then, a couple of minutes later...

I see this other guy.

At first I thought he was drunk.

Who is this man?

You know we can't afford any trouble.

- Go get a doctor, quick.

- Too late for a doctor.

- But the police!

- Try to keep them away.

I don't want to spend

my last few minutes with a lot of cops.

- I don't blame you.

- Guy, you didn't do it.

Of course not,

but we can't let him bleed to death.

No, mademoiselle.

It was another who stabbed me.

He got away.

Go see what's happening.

Must have gone, whoever it was that knifed you.

Seems like they're trying to shoot it out with the cops.

- What is your name?

- Van Stratten, Guy.

I am Bracco.

You call me Marcel.

This way I spend my last few minutes

among friends.

All right, old man. Take it easy.

I'm with you.

You're with me?

After all the friends I've had...

you, that I've known a few minutes -

you're the only one.

I want to give you something

to show you my thanks.

It's all right, fella.

- The police! They're coming this way!

The police.

What can they do to me now?

What about us?

Guy, will they put me in jail too?

- Shut up!

- Now, listen.

- What I give you is two names.

- You don't have to give me anything.

- This I didn't think I'd give to anyone.

- Here they come.

It isn't money,

but it is worth millions.

This is my gift to you.

It will make you rich.

It's Bracco.

The American -What's he doing here?

Look, I just happened by.

I got a boat here.

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Orson Welles

George Orson Welles (; May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film. He is remembered for his innovative work in all three: in theatre, most notably Caesar (1937), a Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar; in radio, the legendary 1938 broadcast "The War of the Worlds"; and in film, Citizen Kane (1941), consistently ranked as one of the greatest films ever made. In his 20s, Welles directed a number of high-profile stage productions for the Federal Theatre Project, including an adaptation of Macbeth with an entirely African American cast, and the political musical The Cradle Will Rock. In 1937 he and John Houseman founded the Mercury Theatre, an independent repertory theatre company that presented a series of productions on Broadway through 1941. Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds performed for his radio anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It reportedly caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an invasion by extraterrestrial beings was actually occurring. Although some contemporary sources say these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated, they rocketed Welles to notoriety. His first film was Citizen Kane (1941), which he co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in as Charles Foster Kane. Welles was an outsider to the studio system and directed only 13 full-length films in his career. He struggled for creative control on his projects early on with the major film studios and later in life with a variety of independent financiers, and his films were either heavily edited or remained unreleased. His distinctive directorial style featured layered and nonlinear narrative forms, uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unusual camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. He has been praised as "the ultimate auteur".Welles followed up Citizen Kane with 12 other feature films, the most acclaimed of which include The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Touch of Evil (1958), and Chimes at Midnight (1966). Other works of his, such as The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and F for Fake (1973), are also well-regarded. In 2002, Welles was voted the greatest film director of all time in two British Film Institute polls among directors and critics. Known for his baritone voice, Welles was an actor in radio and film, a Shakespearean stage actor, and a magician noted for presenting troop variety shows in the war years. more…

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