Mr. Arkadin

I didn’t care for it, not at all. Watch Touch of Evil again instead, or even The Stranger. Above, you can listen to Welles deploy a Russian accent through an improbable beard as he regales partygoers with the story of the Scorpion and the Frog. Then compare it to versions from The Crying Game, Drive, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all of which you can find on the side bar.


  1. Quin,

    Thanks for this. I’m a bit of a sucker for Welles – I even watch his Mason commercials on a regular basis. I may not be delighted when I watch this; but I can’t think I’ll be disappointed.

    I saw Touch of Evil for the first time a few months ago. Why did it remind me of something between Graham Greene and Flannery O’Connor (with maybe, anachronistically, a bit of Cormac McCarthy thrown in?). I thought it excellent. Most because, well, Welles and Charlton Heston.

  2. Big Jon Bully says

    Better yet, how about the Brazilian copy of The Magnificent Ambersons which langers in a top secret CIA vault. I just know it is.

    Thanks Quin.

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