Moviedrome Mondays: The Spider’s Stratagem (1970)

Since I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to legendary Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 political drama The Spider’s Stratagem, readers will have to rely on Cox’s intro transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was July 6, 1992 (read here). I nod in agreement with Cox regarding all of the praise that he lavishes on this film and as a Bertolucci film, it serves as something of a major dress rehearsal for his equally masterful follow-up entitled The Conformist – also released in 1970. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Bernardo Bertolucci films (read here).

Since I can’t find a link to the film’s original theatrical trailer, readers will have to find clips of it either on youtube or some other site.


My Favorite Bernardo Bertolucci Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   The Conformist (1970)

2.   Besieged (1998)

3.   The Spider’s Stratagem (1970)

4.   Last Tango in Paris (1972)

5.   1900 (1976)

6.   Luna (1979)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   Before the Revolution (1964)

2.   The Grim Reaper (1962)