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Orson Welles • United States • 1946 • Welles' masterful thriller finally presented in HD.
Government agent Wilson tracks down a high-ranking Nazi officer who has managed to craft a new identity for himself in a quaint Connecticut town, marrying the daughter of a local judge. Having directed two undisputed masterpieces—Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons—here Orson Welles delves into the suspense film, crafting a baroque postwar thriller. Circulated in poor versions for decades, this edition of The Stranger was mastered in HD from an original 35mm print preserved by the Library of Congress. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.