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The Stranger (1946)

US 96m, B&W
Director: Orson Welles; Cast: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Konstantin Shayne

the_strangerA well-liked college professor living in an idyllic Connecticut town is accused as a war criminal who was influential in the establishment of Nazi concentration camps during WWII. When confronted by the war crimes authorities, his newlywed wife refuses to believe the accusations, and initially attempts to cover-up the evidence which would link him to his true identity. As suspicions continue to grow, so too does Franz Kindler’s trust of his wife, which leads him to plot the murder of the only surviving person who could link him to his war crimes. Although probably far too dark for the period, this underrated film is also important as the first major motion picture to both address the Holocaust and depict actual images from it (Klaus Ming July 2013).

2 comments on “The Stranger (1946)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    A good and interesting film, but I think there’s some question about how much it is actually a Welles film. When I was writing my Welles reviews I did not include it, though I no longer remember the details of why. Certainly he didn’t want to take credit for it. This is always a gray area with him, since almost none of his films were actually released in the forms he intended. It’s just a question of where you draw the line. Complicated, always, by the fact that his stories of of how things had happened were not always reliable.

    Definitely worth seeing, IMHO, but it’s no Kane, or Touch of Evil, or Falstaff, or The Trial, or Othello…

  2. Klaus

    From what little I have read about it, he certainly did want to distance himself from it – and i’m not sure why. It’s an odd one for sure.

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