Spiders, Part 1: The Golden Lake (Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See) (1919)
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Critic Reviews for Spiders, Part 1: The Golden Lake (Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See)
It's apparent that Lang was enjoying himself on this production, and the fact that he returned to the genre forty years later is also telling.
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Audience Reviews for Spiders, Part 1: The Golden Lake (Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See)
I'd love to give this film its proper credit in cinematic history (like some of my fellow movie lovers have done) as being one of Fritz Lang's lesser known masterpieces and the obvious progenitor of the action/adventure genre that led to Indiana Jones. I say I'd like to, but I can't; the flick is an umitigated mess. Given..not all of this is Lang's fault. Movies were still quite new at the time. A reliable body of cinematic tricks and stylistic editing choices had not yet been established. The Spiders is so full of non-sequitur transitions that, despite its novel attempt to control the story's flow, the editing renders the plot confusing at best, incomprehensible at worst. Lang also chose to use colored filters to tint nearly every scene in the flick. At first, I thought there was a reason behind the hues...say bad guys were always filmed in greens and blues and good guys in yellows and reds. Not so. Then I thought that maybe the colors differentiated the exotic locations in the story. Nope. Scene transitions? Night and day? Flashbacks? No, no, and no. The one thing Lang's color filtered panoply did elicit from me was an emotional response...I began to hate Fritz Lang for his arbitrary and non-sensical use of colored filters. And as far as editing savvy goes, Chaplin and Lloyd's film companies had already produced a series of very satisfying - and far more comprehensible - short films. If you want to see Lang at his best, avoid The Spiders and watch Metropolis instead.
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