Film competition – Finale (part 12)


Still from the closing sequence of La Strategia del Ragno.

Well, well, our new fast bowler is certainly proving rather tiresome to our film competitors. Our last film was Bernardo Bertolucci’s La Strategia del Rango (The Spider’s Strategy) which was released in 1970. It is a brilliant essay about truth and spin. A young academic returns to the town where his father (a local hero) was shot by the fascists during WWII. But like the escaped prisoner from Plato’s cave he discovers that nothing is quite as it seems.

Nobody managed to score, so Dyspozytor moves forward by one point and the score now stands: Gavin Whitelaw is in first place with 4 points; Mike Winslow and Dyspozytor are joint second with 3 points each; Alex Fitch is third with 1 point. Oh and before anybody complains, La Strategia del Rango is listed in Steven Jay’s 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and there are a couple of short clips on YouTube.

Cropped still from the final mystery film.

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Today’s mystery film should be easy. As it is our last question, here is a small clue. The screenplay of one of our earlier films was written by the same person as the screenplay of today’s film. Good luck!

2 Responses to “Film competition – Finale (part 12)”

  1. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    The Wrecker

  2. Mike Winslow Says:

    All I can think of is Murder on the Orient Express. As for the Spider
    Strategy, I thought the train looked rather Czechoslovakian. Their livery is very similar. Where were the railway scenes shot? Any ideas? You obviously watch a lot of movies, I’ve enjoyed the fun.

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