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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"The stranger", Hitchcock at the Loews

Saturday, September 25 - 6 PM
The Stranger

Starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young.  Directed by Orson Welles.

(1946, 95 mins., B&W)  Unrated, but suitable for most audiences.

Often considered to be the most "conventional" film that Welles directed, "The Stranger" tends to be overlooked amid "Citizen Kane," "A Touch of Evil" and his other more famous titles.  But this cat-and-mouse hunt to unmask a Nazi war criminal hiding in a sleepy Connecticut town still brims with Welles's flair, such as his extraordinary use of lighting and shadow, long focus and dramatic camera angles.  It's also a first-rate thriller thanks to a great performance by Welles, and also by Robinson.  The theme is a familiar one to Hitchcock fans: evil amid the ordinary, and at least one notable scene have something in common with Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt."