A Welles Sleeper
Mark Savary | Seattle, WA | 09/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD contains both "The Stranger" and a 30 minute documentary about Welles' life and career.Being an inexpensive disc, the quality of the print they used is so-so. An annoying logo pops up every now and then in the corner, reminding you that you got a cheap-o product.The documentary on the other hand, is pretty good for 30 minutes. It includes the trailer to "Citizen Kane" among other things. Overall, the bio was quite comprehensive with good production values.As for the film itself, "The Stranger" has always been one of my favorites. While not nearly as low-budget as Welles' later project "MacBeth", the film shows all of the master's craftiness that a limited budget would allow.There are several striking themes in the picture, including clocks, avenging angels, falling from grace, time running out, snow, and others depending upon what you want to read into the film.A wonderful small-town feel with everyday small-town citizens is created very effectively by Welles, taking the already established script and bringing it to new heights. Truly a classic example of what a good director can do with a weak script and small budget, "The Stranger" should be required viewing in film class."