“The Stranger” is a 1946 film directed by Orson Welles. The movie follows the story of Franz Kindler, a notorious Nazi war criminal who has been in hiding in a small town in Connecticut under a false identity.
The film begins with the arrival of an investigator named Wilson who is looking for Kindler, although he does not know what he looks like. Wilson is aided in his search by Mary Longstreet, the daughter of a Supreme Court justice who is living in the town. Mary and Wilson fall in love while they try to uncover Kindler’s true identity.
As the investigation progresses, it becomes clear that Kindler is aware of Wilson’s presence and is trying to eliminate him. Wilson eventually discovers Kindler’s true identity and confronts him in a clock tower, where the two engage in a dramatic struggle that results in Kindler’s death.
The film’s themes revolve around guilt, justice, and the consequences of war. It portrays Kindler as a monstrous figure who is haunted by his past and unable to escape the consequences of his actions. The film is notable for its visual style and complex characters, and has been praised as one of Welles’ most underrated films.