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The Spiders

  • 1919
  • Fritz Lang
  • 72 mins
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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Fritz Lang's first commercial success is an adventure melodrama on a theme popular at the time (and soon to become a reality): arch criminals hoping to take over the world. Inspired by the German pulp writer Karl May and the serials of Louis Feuillade, it was made in two parts, but broken up into episodes like a serial. It tells of a hero pitted against an Asian criminal and a gang called the Spiders, who are after a diamond shaped like the head of Buddha. The earliest of Lang's surviving works, it already has many Langian elements: the use of mirrors, hypnosis and underground chambers.

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Credits

Cast

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Kay HoogCarl de Vogt
Naela, Priestess of the SunLil Dagover
Lio ShaRessel Orla
Dr TelphasGeorg John
John Terry, the Diamond KingRudolf Lettinger
Four Finger JohnEdgar Pauly

Crew

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DirectorFritz Lang

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Black and white
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