The Spider's Stratagem
The Spider's Stratagem (1970)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 1, 1970
DVD Release Date: October 17, 1990
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

[A] mesmeric film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's a movie with a beautiful cinematic grace, a way of establishing atmosphere and furthering plot without a lot of talking.

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Fernando F. Croce

Pointedly analytical and lushly abstruse

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

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.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

[Features] sumptuous visuals and sense of high tragedy.

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TV Guide

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The film's color photography is extraordinarily lovely for, like the conspirators within the film, Bertolucci has a weakness for the purely theatrical effect.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Bertolucci's superb dramatic thriller packs a powerful punch.

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Cole Smithey

Strictly stunning.

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