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The Spider's Stratagem ()

Strategia del ragno (original title)
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A man returns to the place where his father was murdered and tries to find closure. But he finds himself in a similar predicament as his late father instead.

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Athos Magnani, father and son
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Draifa
Pippo Campanini ...
Gaibazzi
Franco Giovanelli ...
Rasori
Tino Scotti ...
Costa
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Directed by

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Bernardo Bertolucci

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Jorge Luis Borges ... (story "Tema del traidor y del héroe") (as J.L. Borges)
 
Bernardo Bertolucci ... ()
 
Eduardo de Gregorio ... ()
 
Marilù Parolini ... ()

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Giovanni Bertolucci ... producer

Cinematography by

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Franco Di Giacomo
Vittorio Storaro

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Roberto Perpignani

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Emanuele Prandi ... assistant editor
Giancarlo Venarucci ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Maria Paola Maino

Costume Design by

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Maria Paola Maino

Production Management

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Aldo U. Passalacqua ... production manager
Nicola Venditti ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Giuseppe Bertolucci ... assistant director

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Giorgio Pelloni ... sound

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Luciano Galli ... chief electrician
Giuseppe Lanci ... camera operator
Alfredo Marchetti ... key grip
Mauro Marchetti ... assistant camera
Franco Trasunto ... assistant camera (as Franco T)
Enrico Umetelli ... camera operator

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Domenico Rafele ... script editor
Pietro Sassaroli ... cashier
Attilio Viti ... production secretary

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines From Bernardo Bertolucci, the creator of "Before the Revolution," "The Conformist" and "Last Tango in Paris" See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Spider's Stratagem (United States)
  • The Spider's Stratagem (United Kingdom)
  • La stratégie de l'araignée (France)
  • La estrategia de la araña (Spain)
  • Ansatsu no Opera (Japan)
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  • 100 min
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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Movies to Change the World (2011). See more »
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Quotes Athos Magnani, father and son: There's phrase that..."A man is made of all men. He is equal to all and all are equal to him". I forgot my suitcase at the station.
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