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On seeing 'The Stranger' Orson Welles (1946) (movie review)

Less famous Orson Welles films are still better than most. Has that particular look, the chiarusco, the perspectives, the soundtrack, for this direct narrative of searching for nazi war criminal. As the title character he is just charming enough, then devious enough, and portrait of small town America is unironic and even affectionate. A thriller for adults, it is the psychological setup and not firepower or fisticuffs that I compare to the obvious bodycount in more recent action, though of course the ultimate murderous heritage is magnitudes greater...

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