I won’t lie. Fritz Lang’s two-parter Die Spinnen is only recommended if you’ve seen most of his other movies already and can’t wait to see one of his earliest, from 1919/20. The image quality is as lousy as you’d expect–the picture is flickering with scratches–and the score is organ-only. Still, the pulpy adventure yarn is pretty watchable. It concerns Kay Hoog, a proto-Indiana Jones (Carl de Vogt), who travels to a lost Inca city and is persued by a shadowy crime organization known as the Spiders. Lil Dagover plays a Sun Priestress. Lang had projected two more sequels (the first adventure franchise?) but after he hooked up with Thea von Harbou, he went on to Destiny.
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