Spiders, Part 1: The Golden Lake (Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See) (1919) - Rotten Tomatoes

Spiders, Part 1: The Golden Lake (Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See) (1919)

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A film buff's dream, Spiders is comprised of two episodes from an unfinished silent serial from Fritz Lang. Filled with excitement and adventure, it tells the story of a brave explorer who is questing for the fabulous Incan diamond. To get it though, he must keep ahead of the powerful Spider cult, who want it for their own evil purposes. The episodes were originally titled "The Golden Lake" and "The Diamond Ship." Many of the techniques and production designs Lang experimented with in this aborted series, he later refined in his classic Dr. Mabuse films. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Action & Adventure , Western
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Critic Reviews for Spiders, Part 1: The Golden Lake (Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See)

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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.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

Inventive silent adventure.

Full Review… | July 18, 2009
Classic Film and Television

Lang made the story exuberant and exotic.

Full Review… | February 19, 2007
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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.

Craig Burgess
Craig Burgess

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