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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 »


Luchino Visconti


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




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


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

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The restoration of the film was carried out by: the National Film School - National Film Library, as part of the 'Visconti Project' in collaboration with Cinecitta Holding International Picture Investment Limited. The work was carried out in the spring & summer 1999, at the Technicolor Laboratory in Rome, under the supervision of Giuseppe Rotunno. See more »


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The Camus of Visconti
12 March 2005 | by arichmondfwcSee all my reviews

A naked room, a dead old woman lies on a wooden coffin, across the coffin we see her son. His head down, his face slightly contorted. We move in to notice with a chill that he's just trying to get some dirt from under his fingernails. Mersault. Visconti's Mersault inspired by Camus's Mersault. The film was attacked in its day and the Albert Camus's purists shouted blue murder or worse, they didn't say a word. Visconti knew what he was doing. He chose Marcelo Mastroianni to play Mersault. By that choice alone he was departing from Camus's intentions and yet, if you read the book today and see the film today, Mastroianni is Camus's Mersault. It is the driest of all Visconti films. His toughest. Mastroianni gives a performance that defies description. If you've seen more than once,"XXX" by choice, I don't promise you that you'll surrender, automatically, to the power of this film, but I can assure you that both films belong to the same Universe, yours, ours. Give it a try. Then, you tell me.

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18 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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L'étranger See more »

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Algiers, Algeria

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