The Spider's Stratagem (Strategia del ragno)
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The Spider's Stratagem (Strategia del ragno)
Originally produced for Italian television, this exquisite adaptation of a Jose Luis Borges short story stars Giulio Brogi as a young Italian who returns to his ancestral home. Cold-shouldered by everyone in town, the young man tries to find out why everyone is so hostile towards him.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] mesmeric film."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"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
"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
"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."
‑ Tony Rayns, Time Out
"[Features] sumptuous visuals and sense of high tragedy."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"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
"The film's color photography is extraordinarily lovely for, like the conspirators within the film, Bertolucci has a weakness for the purely theatrical effect."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Bertolucci's superb dramatic thriller packs a powerful punch."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Strictly stunning."
‑ Cole Smithey,
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