Thursday, March 17, 2011

Die Spinnen I-II. (1919-1920, Germany)

The Spiders (German: Die Spinnen) is a adventure film directed by Fritz Lang. It was released in two parts in 1919 and 1920.

Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See (The Golden Lake)
Die Spinnen, 2. Teil - Das Brillantenschiff (The Diamond Ship)

In San Francisco, well-known sportsman Kay Hoog announces to a club that he has found a message in a bottle with a map drawn by a Harvard professor who has gone missing. The map tells of a lost Incan civilization that possesses an immense treasure. Hoog immediately plans an expedition to find it. But Lio Sha, the head of a criminal organization known as the Spiders, is determined to get the treasure for herself and plans a rival expedition.
Fritz Lang was early in his directorial career when he accepted an assignment to direct what was to be a mystery-action serial comprising four feature-length episodes. Lang was forced by this assignment to relinquish the directorial duties of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which was also released by the distributor Decla-Bioscop AG in 1919. Lang completed two episodes before the project was cut short by the films' producer. Part one was released as The Golden Lake (Die Spinnen, 1. Teil: Der Goldene See) and part two as The Diamond Ship (Die Spinnen, 2. Teil: Das Brillantenschiff).
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Fritz Lang
Stars: Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla and Georg John

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