Stranger on the Prowl

Stranger on the Prowl

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A disillusioned vagrant accidentally kills a shop owner. While on the lam, he befriends a young street urchin who suspects the police are after him for stealing milk from the same shop owner. The police pursue the two lost souls through the war-torn streets and buildings of an Italian port city.
Copyright Date: ©2014
Call Number: DVD F STRA
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
digital,optical,rda
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in

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voisjoe1_0
Mar 02, 2016

This was the first film that director Joseph Losey made after he fled to Europe when he was Blacklisted by the right-wing in America. The film, made with the help of the Italians and especially Andrea Forzano, is made in the style of Italian Neorealism (similar to Bicycle Thieves; Rome, Open City; etc.). The film exposes the fascistic exploitation of the working class by the wealthy as we see the wealthy nonchalantly watch people starve, farmers being forced to sell their beloved animals to horsemeat factories, people being pushed into exposing their neighbors for money (ala HUAC and Joseph McCarthyism in America), and young women being exploited for "favors" by dirty old rich men. Joseph Losey later would stick it to the American rightwingers, as he would go on to make such British masterpieces as The Servant, The Accident, The Go-Between, etc., etc.

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