The Stranger


1h 44m 1967

Film Details

Also Known As
Lo straniero, etranger
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 18 Dec 1967
Production Company
Casbah Films; Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica S.p.A.; Marianne Productions; Master Film
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
Algeria
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel L'étranger by Albert Camus (Paris, 1942).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m

Synopsis

In pre-World War II Algiers, Arthur Meursault, a French clerk, learns of his mother's death; he attends the funeral but feels removed from grief, conscious only of the blinding sun. Upon returning to Algiers after the burial, he resumes the drab ritual of his daily life. He meets and spends the day with Marie Cardona; he testifies for a procurer, Raymond, who has been arrested for beating a young Arab girl; and he spends a weekend with Marie, Raymond, and a married couple. None of these relationships impinge on Meursault's solitude or his devotion to simple pleasures. One day he sets out for a walk alone on the beach and is startled by the Arab girl's brother, who earlier that day stabbed Raymond. Gradually Meursault becomes hypnotized by the sun's rays and fires five bullets into the boy. Brought to trial, Meursault slowly realizes that his refusal to indulge in social hypocrisy has condemned him, and he is sentenced to be guillotined. Back in his cell, Meursault rejects the consoling last words of a priest and accepts the inevitability of death.

Film Details

Also Known As
Lo straniero, etranger
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 18 Dec 1967
Production Company
Casbah Films; Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica S.p.A.; Marianne Productions; Master Film
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
Algeria
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel L'étranger by Albert Camus (Paris, 1942).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Filmed on location in and around Algiers. Opened in Rome in October 1967 as Lo straniero; in Paris in October 1967 as L'étranger; running time: 100 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

The Country of France

Released in United States 1967

In 1938, a Frenchman, living in Algeria, ponders the philosophy of life while awaiting execution for a random murder he has committed.

Released in United States 1967