The Spider's Stratagem (1970)

  |  Drama, Mystery

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A man returns to the place where his father was murdered and tries to find closure. But he finds himself in a similar predicament as his late father instead.


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9 May 1999 | Rigor
| Bertolucci at his best
This may be Bernardo Bertolucci's best film. It is certainly one of his most assured and technically accomplished. The complex narrative is an exposition of the ideological uses of history (both political history and personal history). A young man returns to his "martyred" Father's village to discover the exact reasons for his father's death at the hands of Facists. He also discovers more than he may want to know about his father's personal life - including intimate details from his father's mistress. The supposedly heroic life and death of his father is greatly complicated by the actual evidence and suggestive clues he discovers. The editing, cinematography, mise en scene, and acting in this film are breathtaking. Yet the film's triumph lie in the philosophical and political suggestions provoked by the narrative. This is a film worthy of myriad viewings.

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Release Date:

27 March 1973



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Mantua, Lombardia, Italy

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