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Spider

Spider

Spider

2002 / 98min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: DAVID CRONENBERG

CAST: RALPH FIENNES, LYNN REDGRAVE, MIRANDA RICHARDSON, GABRIEL BYRNE

Adapted from Patrick McGrath’s novel and starring Ralph Fiennes, Cronenberg’s first-person masterpiece is a reverse ghost story set in a derelict corner of London haunted by the specters of its protagonist’s traumatized psyche. One of the director’s greatest films, it is also the least influential. With the Cannes— commissioned short that the festival tried to ignore, perhaps because they hated the title.

Program notes by Amy Taubin.