Lo Straniero (The Stranger)
Lo Straniero (The Stranger) (1967)

The Stranger is a literal (but still very cinematic) adaptation of the novel by Albert Camus. Marcello Mastrioanni stars as Meursault, a man who feels utterly isolated from everyone and everything around him. This alienation results in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 1, 1967
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Visconti, like Camus, realizes that the meaning of The Stranger is not to be found in the plot but in the mood. The mood is ennui, the dominant emotion of a man who hardly cares enough to tell his own story.

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New York Times

Because The Stranger deserves so much more, it is all the more disheartening to see an effort so painstakingly loyal wash out as a mere story line.

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Penelope Houston
The Spectator

The film is resolutely faithful to details of what Meursault said and did and saw, while missing the essential clipped calm of the style blanc and the precise shading of his detachment.

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TIME Magazine

Visconti's film of The Stranger follows the action of the novel with hardly a comma missing -- and therein lies both its strength and its weakness.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Fascinating, but a failure nonetheless.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Camus on the beach, via Visconti. Unsatisfactory journey into existentialist angst.

Don Druker
Chicago Reader

The result is a totally schematic vulgarization of Camus' philosophical treatise in novel form.

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TV Guide

As is often the case when a great filmmaker brings the work of a great novelist to the screen, The Stranger is an utter failure, in terms of Camus.

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The director seemed incapable late in his career of identifying with the protagonist of this influential book.

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Carlos Magalhães
The fact that this is an extremely faithful, line-by-line adaptation is ironically the problem with this film, especially considering Mastroiani's… More
Simeon Deutsch
I see that I'm the only person to have watched this on RT, and that doesn't come as a surprise. Though the director (The Leopard) and the lead actor… More