Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sean Spicer. The Stranger. | Fred Klonsky

Sean Spicer. The Stranger. | Fred Klonsky:

Sean Spicer. The Stranger.

One of my favorite Orson Welles movies is The Stranger.
Welles plays a German Nazi who escaped the Homeland after the Allied victory. He speaks without a hint of a German accent and hides out as a professor in a small New England Town, takes up with a Supreme Court justices daughter and works on the town’s clock.
Edward G. Robinson plays a government Nazi hunter on the chase for the Welles character. His investigation has led him to the town, but not to who the Nazi is.
In a dinner conversation with the family of the Supreme Court justices daughter, the conversation involves a discussion of post-war Germany. In order to disguise his identity, Welles comes off more anti-German than anybody.
He asks, “What have the Germans ever contributed to culture and philosophy?”
The son of the Supreme Court justice offers up Marx. “Workers of the world unite,” he says.
“But Marx wasn’t a German. He was a Jew,” responds the Welles character.
A lightbulb goes off, and then Edward G. Robinson knows.
Only a Nazi would think that because someone was Sean Spicer. The Stranger. | Fred Klonsky: