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1971 (France) See more »
From Bernardo Bertolucci, the creator of "Before the Revolution," "The Conformist" and "Last Tango in Paris"
Athos Magnani, a young researcher, returns to Tara, where his father was killed before his birth, at the request of Draifa... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Giulio Brogi ... Athos Magnani, father and son

Alida Valli ... Draifa
Pippo Campanini ... Gaibazzi
Franco Giovanelli ... Rasori
Tino Scotti ... Costa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allen Midgette ... Sailor

Directed by
Bernardo Bertolucci 
Writing credits
Jorge Luis Borges (story "Tema del traidor y del héroe") (as J.L. Borges)

Bernardo Bertolucci 
Eduardo de Gregorio 
Marilù Parolini 

Produced by
Giovanni Bertolucci .... producer
Cinematography by
Franco Di Giacomo 
Vittorio Storaro 
Film Editing by
Roberto Perpignani 
Production Design by
Maria Paola Maino 
Costume Design by
Maria Paola Maino 
Production Management
Aldo U. Passalacqua .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giuseppe Bertolucci .... assistant director
Sound Department
Giorgio Pelloni .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Giuseppe Lanci .... camera operator
Alfredo Marchetti .... key grip
Enrico Umetelli .... camera operator

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Also Known As:
"Strategia del ragno" - Italy (original title)
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100 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording)
Argentina:16 | Australia:NRC | Finland:K-16 | Italy:T | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1991)

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The character Athos Magnani, Sr - played by Giulio Brogi - was born on 1900. The director Bernardo Bertolucci would go on to make a film set on around the very same era with 1900 (1976)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 friends.
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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Bertolucci at his best, 9 May 1999
Author: Rigor from Chicago, USA

This may be Bernardo Bertolucci's best film. It is certainly one of his most assured and technically accomplished. The complex narrative is an exposition of the ideological uses of history (both political history and personal history). A young man returns to his "martyred" Father's village to discover the exact reasons for his father's death at the hands of Facists. He also discovers more than he may want to know about his father's personal life - including intimate details from his father's mistress. The supposedly heroic life and death of his father is greatly complicated by the actual evidence and suggestive clues he discovers. The editing, cinematography, mise en scene, and acting in this film are breathtaking. Yet the film's triumph lie in the philosophical and political suggestions provoked by the narrative. This is a film worthy of myriad viewings.

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