Cinema: Labyrinths

THE SPIDER'S STRATAGEM

Directed by BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI Screenplay by BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI, EDOARDO DE GREGORI and MARILU PAVOLINI

Made in 1969 for Italian television, this mesmeric film is only now being released in America, in the wake of the wide acclaim for Bertolucci's The Conformist and in anticipation of the brouhaha over Last Tango in Paris (TIME cover, Jan. 22). Perhaps Tango may not SO much sweep up The Spider's Stratagem in its wake as swamp it. The Spider's Stratagem boasts no superstars in the cast, no odor of brimstone and no heavy...

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