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The Spider's Stratagem (1970)
"Strategia del ragno" (original title)

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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... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Giulio Brogi ...
Athos Magnani, father and son
Pippo Campanini ...
Franco Giovanelli ...
Tino Scotti ...
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Allen Midgette ...


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. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

25 October 1970 (Italy)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The movie makes extensive reference to two famous Italian artists: several shots of Tara are based on Giorgio De Chirico's paintings, while the opening credits show some paintings of Antonio Ligabue's. See more »


Athos Magnani, father and son: It's a town of madmen, old men and old madmen. Yesterday, they locked me in a stable with a horse. "We're all friends here." This morning when I was hardly awake, a punch in the face. "We're all friends here."
Draifa: I've not been able to sleep since he died. Insomnia, without dreams, without anything. Entire nights alert like a hunting dog. I've always known the murderer is a local man; now two of us know it. He's scared. He wants you to go.
Athos Magnani, father and son: Instead of leaving this morning, I'm still here. Among ...
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


Written by Giuseppe Verdi
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A really good watch, if you're in the right mood for it!
5 August 2012 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

It's definitely true this movie is not just for everyone and you also really need to be in the mood for it to watch it. It's the more slower type of movie, that besides doesn't lay out everything for you. Sometimes you have to fill in the blanks and interpret certain sequences for yourself in order to keep following it and understand things.

However when you really take the time to sit down for this movie, it's definitely more than worth it. It's a pretty fascinating watch, with a good concept and story in it.

It's great to watch how the movie its 'mystery' slowly gets unraveled and the puzzle gets put together by the main character Athos Magnani, who returns to the town where his father got killed. Not only does he try to find out who killed his father but perhaps more importantly, also the reason why.

It's great to watch the dynamics between him and the townsfolk. Some are helpful, others reluctant. It gives the movie a great atmosphere of tension and mystery as well. You never know who is telling the truth and what the motivations and reasons behind it all are.

There are also some good twists in the movie, especially toward the end. The movie its ending does not disappoint!

Deinetely worth checking out if this looks and sounds like your kind of thing!


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