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Director: Jans Rautenbach: South Africa, 1974
Producer: Emil Nofal Films
Language: Afrikaans – no subtitles
This romantic drama was one of the many film adaptations of successful Springbok Radio plays. It was Rautenbach and Nofal’s reunion film after they went their separate ways following the release of Katrina. Accentuated by excellent cinematography (courtesy Vincent G. Cox, A.S.C) and a haunting theme tune Vat Haar Weg [Take Her Away] composed by Rautenbach himself and performed by Barry Trengove, the film follows the fortunes of one Gerard Steenberg, the ‘unwanted stranger’ of the title and former jailbird for murder whose intrusion into the lives of the slightly weird folk in Duiwelsvallei (Devil’s Valley) makes him yet another angel of discord, a recurring character in the films of Nofal and Rautenbach, the former inserting shots of his earlier skop, skiet en donder Western Voor Sononder into the film where the bar patrons watch a 16mm print of it. A very good film with a very, very shocking and very bloody ending. Cast: Marius Weyers, Barry Trengove, Marie du Toit, Sandra Kotze, Dulcie van den Bergh, and Regardt van den Bergh.


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