Lo Straniero (The Stranger)1967
Lo Straniero (The Stranger) (1967)
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as Arthur Meursault
as Marie Cardona
as Defense Counsel
as Examining Magistrate
as Director of Home
as Madame Masson
Critic Reviews for Lo Straniero (The Stranger)
Visconti, like Camus, realizes that the meaning of The Stranger is not to be found in the plot but in the mood. The mood is ennui, the dominant emotion of a man who hardly cares enough to tell his own story.
Visconti's film of The Stranger follows the action of the novel with hardly a comma missing -- and therein lies both its strength and its weakness.
The result is a totally schematic vulgarization of Camus' philosophical treatise in novel form.
Because The Stranger deserves so much more, it is all the more disheartening to see an effort so painstakingly loyal wash out as a mere story line.
Audience Reviews for Lo Straniero (The Stranger)
The fact that this is an extremely faithful, line-by-line adaptation is ironically the problem with this film, especially considering Mastroiani's off-the-mark, far-from-nuanced composition. Besides, Visconti's cheap direction doesn't help with all the horrible zooms and inept lighting.
I see that I'm the only person to have watched this on RT, and that doesn't come as a surprise. Though the director (The Leopard) and the lead actor (8 1/2, La Vida Dolce) are renown Italian filmmakers, I wasn't able to find this films anywhere except on YouTube and with English dubbing. Anyway, The Stranger is a classic novella by Nobel-Prize Winner Albert Camus which I have read twice and has become my favorite book. I've read all of Camus's other works (The Plague, The Fall, Myth of Sisyphus, Exile and the Kingdom), and since then I have been anticipating the day that I would have the time to watch this film. So I finally got around to watching it, and it was pretty awkwardly put together and not worth the wait. It's late and I need to go to bed, but I have a paragraph of notes about what I'll write about in my review tomorrow. 70/100
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