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The Stranger (1967)

Lo straniero (original title)
Approved | | Drama | 18 December 1967 (USA)
In an atmosphere of political tension when the French still control Algiers, an Algerian is killed on the beach and a French man who has lived in Algiers all his life is arrested for the ... See full summary »

Director:

Luchino Visconti

Writers:

Albert Camus (novel), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Arthur Meursault
Anna Karina ... Marie Cardona
Bernard Blier ... Defense Counsel
Alfred Adam Alfred Adam ... L'avocat général
Pierre Bertin Pierre Bertin ... Judge
Angela Luce ... Madame Masson
Jacques Herlin ... Director of Home
Mimmo Palmara ... Masson
Jean-Pierre Zola ... Employer (as Jean Pierre Zola)
Joseph Marechal Joseph Marechal ... Salamano
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... Prison guard
Mohamed Cheritel Mohamed Cheritel ... Arab
Vittorio Duse ... Lawyer
Brahim Hadjadj ... Arab
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi
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Storyline

In an atmosphere of political tension when the French still control Algiers, an Algerian is killed on the beach and a French man who has lived in Algiers all his life is arrested for the murder. A trial takes place. One of the witnesses was at the funeral of Arthur Meursault's mother. It bothers other mourners and Mersault himself that he showed no emotion when his mother died. His eventful day at the beach takes place a short time after the funeral when he is examining what his life has been and what path should he take in the future. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Albert Camus' Chilling Story of a Man Who Was Damned If He Would And Damned If He Wouldn't...

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Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Visconti had considered Alain Delon, George Chakiris, and Tony Curtis for the title role. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) See more »

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Visually hypnotic adaptation of Camus' L'etranger
28 August 2006 | by ted-129See all my reviews

Visconti brings to life the Camus novel with the minimum of dialog and surreal visuals.

Algiers sweats. The sun's glare beats down and doesn't let up--right up to the courtroom scene where one watches a dazed Mastroianni in the foreground while the fans of the jury members move in constant motion in a soft-focus background. Much of the film has a dreamlike feel that fuses with the existential blankness felt by Mastroianni's character.

I recall this film playing frequently in San Francisco at the Times Theater back in the early stoner 70's. And with the 70's, this film has all but disappeared. One only hopes that all of Visconti's films will someday make it to DVD--but especially The Stranger!


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Country:

Italy | France | Algeria

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

18 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'étranger See more »

Filming Locations:

Algiers, Algeria

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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