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½ September 10, 2016
For a movie featuring Orson Welles AND Edward G. Robinson, I expected a little more. That being said, it's not a bad film, just a bit underwhelming for the cast it has.
July 6, 2016
The Stranger is Welles' first film as a director under a new studio with new rules. After the incredible works of Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, Welles directs and stars in this tight, intense film noir that plays as well as any other great film from the 1940s. Edward G. Robinson is very well cast as the lead agent trying to hunt down the dangerous Nazi spy played by Welles. Loretta Young is also very good as the naive woman who marries Welles not knowing who he really is. The direction is flawless, especially the final scene with the clock tower. Overall, this is yet another masterpiece to add to Orson Welles' matchless resume. It is films like these that convince me he is the greatest director of all time.
Super Reviewer
April 2, 2016
Unlike like most of the color films today. The characters in this (1946) black and white thriller talk beautifully and not realistically. The story line is cool and the dialog is great. However I couldn't hear most of the dialog without subtitles. The film felt slow paced and long. It wasn't that suspenseful and some scenes didn't make any sense.
½ December 29, 2015
This is a good Noir film from Orson Welles who also stars, along with Edward G. Robinson. It is a good film, but not on the level of some of Welles' other films in my opinion. Definitely worth watching for film buffs though.
December 11, 2015
Our Daily Free Stream: Orson Welles - The Stranger. Eine kleine, aber bemerkenswerte Nachricht: Seit 1962 fragt das Londoner Magazin Sight & Sound die internationale Filmkritik nach dem besten Film aller Zeiten. Immer schien ausser Zweifel, dass Orson Welles Citizen Kane diesen Platz wohl für immer beanspruchen würde. Bis heute. Zum ersten Mal seit 1962 liegt nun Hitchcocks Vertigo vorn. Dem besten Film zum Trotz gehen wir aber mal der Frage nach, was nun Orson Welles schlechtester Film sei? The Stranger von Orson Welles steht noch ganz im Zeichen des zweiten Weltkriegs. Connecticut, 1946. Die Lehrertochter Mary (Loretta Young) verliebt sich in den netten Charles Rankin (Orson Welles). Am Vorabend der Hochzeit aber kommt der schreckliche Verdacht auf, ob der freundliche Biedermann in Wahrheit KZ Kommandant Franz Kindler ist? Der FBI-Mann Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) versucht, diesem Verdacht nachzugehen. Untergetauchte Nazi-Grössen in den USA oder Südamerika, ein brisantes Thema, dem Welles seinen dritten Film widmete. Als er 1946 The Stranger in Angriff nahm, war er bereits eine Persona Non Grata. Er hatte sich einen Medien-Mogul zum Feind gemacht, der alles daran setzte, Welles zu vernichten. Im Grunde schien es fast unmöglich, einen dritten Film zu finanzieren, so dass Welles die Wogen glätten wollte. The Stranger sollte ein geradliniger Thriller werden, um die Reputation des unkalkulierbaren Risikos zu dementieren. Man warf The Stranger vor, dem Film würden die typischen innovativen Qualitäten eines Welles-Filmes abgehen. Teilweise zu Unrecht, denn auch der Film Noir spielt mit dem Lieblings-Thema des Regisseurs, der Suche nach Fakt oder Fiktion. Echtheit vs. Fälschung, verpackt im Gewande des Genre-Films. Welles selbst hielt seinen Krimi für misslungen, vor allem, weil auch diese Annäherung nicht den Weg zurück nach Hollywood ebnen konnte. Wer also ist dieser Charles Rankin? Seine Spannung bezieht Welles Thriller weniger aus der Frage nach dem grossen Unbekannten. Vielmehr wird fast allen Figuren in seinem Umfeld im Verlauf der Handlung klar, dass Rankin Kindler ist. Allen, mit Ausnahme seiner Ehefrau. Rankin versucht immer wieder aufs neue, seine Identität zu verbergen, schliesslich hängt es nur noch von ihr ab, ob Rankin bzw. Kindler überführt werden kann. Mary aber hat Angst vor der Wahrheit, Angst davor, ihr gerade neu gewonnenes Leben könnte zusammenbrechen. Sie will, dass Kindler Rankin bleibt. Die politische Brisanz ist Welles dabei viel weniger wichtig als das Spiel um Identität, die Zuspitzung des emotionalen Konflikts. Vielleicht war die Filmkritik deshalb so enttäuscht von dem Werk.
½ June 23, 2015
Not as engrossing as I'd have liked but still solid enough as one would expect from Welles.
½ June 6, 2015
Great post-war thriller with a host of stellar performances. Does a fantastic job of building tension around impending doom.
June 5, 2015
Dark humour and camerawork that puts DePalma to shame, Whooo
May 22, 2015
I watched this classic movie on TCM
85 on the Ricksta Scale
½ April 15, 2015
A great flick that I have watched many times. The end always blows me away.
February 4, 2015
"Well there's Marx: 'proletarians unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains'." "But Marx wasn't a German, Marx was a Jew."

"Well, who but a nazi would deny that Karl Marx was a German, because he was a Jew?"

A nazi professor in Connecticut?? Nazi influence on the Supreme Court?? NOT far-fetched! But too bad stories/warnings about nazi sympathies, influence, conspiracy in the U.S. (of course particularly among the ruling class) were quickly turned/perverted into anti-communism (thereby demonstrating the truth of the warning against nazism/fascism in the U.S.?). A movie with advanced cinematography for its time, clever touches (such as Welles' nazi doodling a swastika), and a spectacular, monstrous finish.
November 14, 2014
an understated Nazi noir from the indelible Orson Welles.
½ November 12, 2014
Interesting, but I only needed to see it once.
½ October 20, 2014
Although it doesn't come close to
Orson Welles' best work, "The Stranger" is still a taut thriller and much of it looks unmistakably like a Welles film. The concise, suspenseful progression of the plot and the character development are streamlined in the typical studio style, but they're presented in Welles' trademark visual style, marked by moody lighting and unusual camera angles.
September 9, 2014
Wow, I really liked this movie. Caught it on TCM tonight for the first time. Star of the show is the Director - Orson Wells. Unique camera angles and clever lighting. Co-star are the actors - especially Edward G. Robinson, whose subtle performance sells what might otherwise be an unbelievable story.
½ July 3, 2014
The trade mark style of Orson Wells in this film noir.
June 12, 2014
Orson Welles cited this as his least favourite of his films, but the result is still a resourceful and vastly enjoyable thriller.
½ June 8, 2014
The ending is pretty dramatic, but there's a curious lack of suspense throughout the first three quarters of the film. Might have been better if directed by Hitchcock.
½ March 28, 2014
One of the best last lines in any movie I've seen.
March 11, 2014
Phenomenal film dripping with atmosphere. Beautiful direction as Welles' outdoes Hitchcock with this thoroughly absorbing thriller.
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