Directed by Orson Welles. US. 1946. NR. 95 minutes. MGM. Digital.
Sun., November 8, 2015
After following up Citizen Kane with a series of films that were well-produced but commercial failures, Orson Welles put himself back on the Hollywood map with this thrilling tale of the pursuit of an escaped Nazi war criminal in a small, typical American post-war town. Featuring Edward G. Robinson as a dogged federal agent and Loretta Young as the the innocent woman engaged to marry the possible ex-Nazi, and Welles himself as a truly “arrogant, cynical, amoral, and self-confident creature who believes that he is superior to everyone he meets,” this is the story of the tracking of someone who is evil incarnate. Filled with Welles’ trademark cinematic effects, including sharpened camera angles, dramatic lighting effects and creative use of light and shadows, The Stranger will keep you on the edge of your seat as the tension mounts until justice is served. (Bill Roth)