Sunday, April 30, 2006

Mr. Arkadin

"A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion
says, "Because if I do, I will die too."

The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
but has just enough time to gasp "Why?"

Replies the scorpion: "It's my nature..."
This story, told in the middle of "Mr.Arkadin", is at the center of this flawed, but interesting movie. A story of a man who destroys, even if it goes against everyone's best interest. This is a very uneven film, with things that let you know the genius of Welles is behind it, but things that remind you that when a genius is let to do anything he wants, chaos can ensue.
Still minor Welles is better than 99% of the movies you can see today

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