Strategia del ragno (1970) AKA The Spider's Stratagem


Athos Magnani, a young researcher, returns to Tara, where his father was killed before his birth, at the request of Draifa. The father, also named Athos Magnani and looking exactly like the son, was killed by a fascist in 1936 — or so says Draifa (his mistress), the town statue, and everyone in town. As the son untangles the web of lies this story is constructed from, he finds himself ensnared in the same web.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci. AKA The Spider’s Stratagem
Writers: Jorge Luis Borges (story “Tema del traidor y del héroe”), Marilù Parolini, Eduardo de Gregorio & Bernardo Bertolucci (screenplay).
Stars: Giulio Brogi, Alida Valli, Pippo Campanini, Franco Giovannelli, Allen Midget, Tino Scotti.


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  1. Jon W.
    December 3, 2018

    RIP Bernardo Bertolucci (1941-2018)

  2. Erika
    May 22, 2020

    Love this film, its subtly unsettling atmosphere, and its unpretentiously intriguing cinematography. Bonus points for being based on the story, “Theme of the Traitor and the Hero” by one of the most legendary of literary legends, Jorge Luis Borges.

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