The Stranger (1946)
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Orson Welles always directs somber, dark films with meaning and irony. It's interesting how he directs his own villainy in this one -- as an escaped Nazi hiding in an innocent Connecticut town and marrying an equally virtuous woman (Loretta Young) as a part of his cover. Edward G. Robinson plays the War Crimes investigator that finds him in the town. There is definite tension in this one, and Welles' role is chillingly cunning. Irony is sharp, especially in the concluding scenes and in Welles' speech on German reform. Biblical allusions strengthen the theme. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I hope to see more Orson Welles pictures.
This film is definitely NOT mediocre. It's a very good film.
Fantastically nuts and wonderfully so. Even when he attempts a studio picture Welles creates something dark and twisted.
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This movie ranks #28 in TSPDT 100 Essential Noir Films
This movie ranks #28 in TSPDT 1000 Noir Films