The Spider's Stratagem (Strategia del ragno)
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The Spider's Stratagem (Strategia del ragno)
Originally produced for Italian television, Bernardo Bertolucci's The Spider's Stratagem (La Strategia del Ragno) can be regarded as a cinematic tone poem. Adapted from a Jorge Luis Borges short story, the film stars Giulio Brogi as a young Italian who returns to his ancestral home -- the place where his anti-fascist father was assassinated, a long-ago incident that still disturbs the populace. Cold-shouldered by everyone in town, the young man tries to find out why everyone is so hostile towards him; after all, was not his father a hero of the people? In some (but not all) ways, The… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Full of mysteries, omens, ambiguities, and signs of incipient madness, and it resolves itself into a riddle that is the cinema's richest homage to all that's remarkable in Borges."
‑ , Time Out
"Pointedly analytical and lushly abstruse"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Much of it is intriguing and the photography (by Storaro), sometimes evoking the paintings of De Chirico, is memorable."
‑ , Film4
"It's a movie with a beautiful cinematic grace, a way of establishing atmosphere and furthering plot without a lot of talking."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Aesthetically, the film finds Bertolucci in a transitory mode, caught between his early Godard-influenced abstraction and his later style of lush, operatic camera movements and theatrical use of color and music."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"[Features] sumptuous visuals and sense of high tragedy."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Strictly stunning."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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