Big screen classics

The Stranger

+ pre-recorded intro by film critic Farran Smith Nehme

In Welles’ bravura thriller, a war-crimes investigator is convinced a quiet New England town harbours a former Nazi official.

Image from The Stranger + pre-recorded intro by film critic Farran Smith Nehme

USA 1946
Dir Orson Welles
With Orson Welles, Loretta Young, Edward G Robinson
95min
Digital

A war crimes investigator (Robinson) suspects that a teacher (Welles), recently married and living in a small New England town, is actually a former Nazi official; but how can he make his case stick? After the experiments in Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, Welles was keen to show the studios he could behave himself – nevertheless the film is full of dazzlingly imaginative sequences of cinematic bravura.

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