questions about the plot
At the beginning, it's said that the plane is empty. What does it mean? And in Confidential Report, at the end, the British guy ran up the stairs and shouted, " Is it true? Mr. Arkadin's plane is flying up there empty." I just don't understand why they said it's empty. Maybe he jumped off the airplane before it crashed?
When Guy is talking with Arkadin in Mexico after he met Sophie, he said there were five men worked for Sophie. Two of them are behind the Iron Curtain. Does it mean that those two men were still in Poland? At that time the East and the West were closed to each other because of Cold War, so that those two could not threaten Mr. Arkadin.
Haven't seen the comprehensive version yet. So far I think the Corinth version is much better than Confidential Report. The flashback sequence is really terrific at the beginning. There is no trouble to get the plot, although in some places it doesn't connect very well. It's more mysterious and fun. I think that's why the criterion collection put it in disc 1. And it's this version that is believed as the closest to Orson Welles' idea, but not the comprehensive version.