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The Stranger (1946) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Orson Welles and produced by Sam Spiegel.

Academy Awards 1946 --- Ceremony Number 19 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best WritingVictor TrivasNominated
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book: The Stranger (1942; trans 1988 Matthew Ward) by Albert Camus

By John Grant on Jan 18, 2020 From Noirish

Albert Camus’s L’?tranger/The Stranger/The Outsider is one of the most written-about books of the 20th century, so I doubt that any jejune thoughts of my own are going to add much to the sum of human understanding. It’s a book that somehow I didn’t read during my schooldays a... Read full article


'TILL DEATH US DO PART: The Stranger (1946)

on Jul 20, 2017 From Caftan Woman

"How do I kill thee, let me count the ways." CineMaven has been sitting on her couch dreaming of homicide and wedded bliss. On Monday, July 24th click HERE for the contributions to the blogathon with the inspiring title of 'TILL DEATH US DO PART. My contribution is a look at The Stranger and i... Read full article


'TILL DEATH US DO PART: The Stranger (1946)

By Caftan Woman on Jul 20, 2017 From Caftan Woman

"How do I kill thee, let me count the ways." CineMaven has been sitting on her couch dreaming of homicide and wedded bliss. On Monday, July 24th click HERE for the contributions to the blogathon with the inspiring title of 'TILL DEATH US DO PART. My contribution is a look at The Stranger and i... Read full article


THE STRANGER ( 1946 )

By Theresa Brown on Jan 6, 2016 From CineMaven's Essays from the Couch

I am new to?LORETTA YOUNG. Well, not exactly. More accurately, I?ve had my eyes wide shut to her through most of my early classic film journey. ( I know, I know…??there are none so blind as those who cannot see.??) A young friend of mine ( KM-P ) from a land far far away, asked me if I had see... Read full article


Rachel And The Stranger (1948)

By Kayla on Sep 3, 2015 From The Cinema Dilettante

Rachel And The Stranger (1948) September 3, 2015September 4, 2015 / The Cinema Dilettante Apparently trying to recapture the shock factor of the poster for The Outlaw, Rachel And The Stranger! Starring: Loretta Young, William Holden, Robert Mitchum, Gary Gray Director: Norman Fost... Read full article


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Quotes from

Mr. Potter: [Talking about his small town general store] All your needs are on our shelves. Just look around and help yourselves.


Professor Charles Rankin: Murder can be a chain, Mary, one link leading to another until it circles your neck. Red was digging at the grave of the man I killed. Yes, your little man.
Mary Longstreet: You killed him?
Professor Charles Rankin: With these hands. The same hands that have held you close to me.


Professor Charles Rankin: The German sees himself as the innocent victim of world hatred and conspired against and put upon by inferior people, inferior nations. He cannot admit to error, much less to wrongdoing, not the German. We chose to ignore Ethiopia and Spain, but we learned from our own casualty list the price of looking the other way. Men of truth everwhere have come to know for whom the bell tolled, but not the German. No! He still follows his warrior gods marching to Wagnerian strains, his eyes still fixed upon the firey sword of Siegfried, and he knows subterranean meeting places that you don't believe in. The German's unbroken dream world comes alive, and he takes his place in shining armor beneath the banners of the Yeutonic knights. Mankind is waiting for the Messiah, but for the German, the Messiah is not the Prince of Peace. He's... another Barbarossa... another Hitler.


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Facts about

In one of the final scenes, when Orson Welles lifts Loretta Young one-handed into the clock tower from a ladder, this is not a special effect. Loretta Young stated that this was actually filmed in the church with her dangling dangerously many feet above the church floor.
A "Carthaginian peace", as mentioned by the characters, is used to refer to any peace treaty demanding total subjugation of the defeated side. It is based on the defeat of Carthage by Rome and the total destruction of Carthage thereafter. In modern times, it is often used to describe a peace settlement in which the terms imposed by the victor are overly harsh and designed to keep the loser subjugated for a long time, if not forever..
During the dinner conversation, a correspondent, Standish of the London Times in Berlin, is mentioned. This could be a reference to Henry Standish, a war correspondent for the 'News Chronicle', a UK daily paper (1930-1960). (Standish is quoted in 'What Buchenwald Really Means' by Victor Gollancz (1945)). Whether this reference is meant to be the same Standish and whether Standish really wrote an article similar to the one discussed in the film is not able to be determined.
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