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.

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Credits

production company

Radiotelevisione Italiana

Red Film

producer

Giovanni Bertolucci

director

Bernardo Bertolucci

Duration

01:37:00:00

Production places
Italy
Production dates
1970

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

303701

Language

Italian

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Adaptations

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Foreign language films

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Italy

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Memory

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Revenge

Foreign language films

Literature → Latin American literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Literature

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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