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4.0 out of 5 stars Existentialist fiction meets Italian Opera, 7 May 2004
This review is from: The Spider's Stratagem [VHS] [1970] (VHS Tape)
In this film, the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borge's story "The Theme of the Traitor and the Hero" is adapted to fit into the scenery of a small Italian village. A young man returns to his father's village to investigate his death. He discovers that the whole death was an elaborate plot, a theatre play, a repetition of history that the whole village is involved in. As he uncovers the plot, he becomes a part of this circular play, perhaps based on Shakespeare's notion that the whole world is a stage. His father was a traitor, an informist on a group of resistence fighters who were planning to kill Mussolini. In order to prevent this conspiracy being found out, this traitor figure is converted into that of a hero, a martyr in the fight against fascism when, in fact, he was actually an agent of the regime. Bertolucci relates the notion of theatre to that of opera, and there are several wonderful scenes set to the accompaniment of Verdi's La Traviata, which help to give the film its sense of tragedy.
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