The Spider's stratagem

Italy, 1970

Film
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Adapted from a J. L. Borges’ short story, “The Theme of the Traitor and the Hero”, Bertolucci’s fourth feature is a haunting mystery about a young man returning to his patriarchal village to avenge the murder of his anti-fascist father. The young man’s return, however, results in his personal confrontation with the Freudian mysteries of the unconscious; in particular the secrets repressed by memory. In uncovering the truth about his father the young man begins to lose his own sense of identity. Bertolucci creates a claustrophobic, menacing atmosphere that reflects the confusion of his young hero. The ravishing cinematography is by Vittorio Storaro.

Credits

director

Bernardo Bertolucci

producer

Giovanni Bertolucci

production company

Red Film

Radiotelevisione Italiana

Language

Italian

Duration

01:37:00:00

Colour

Colour

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