On the piano: Gabriel Thibaudeau
Indiana Jones avant la lettre. In Fritz Lang's first surviving feature film The Spiders reaches the adventurous American dandy Kay Hoog (Carl de Vogt) the bottle post of a lost in Peru researcher with the directions to an Indian gold treasure. Immediately, Hoog sets out on a journey, but painfully gets the power of a global secret society whose landmark is a tarantula. Thus, the hunter of the gold treasure itself becomes a hunted person who crosses lands and continents on water, on horseback, in the car and in a balloon. With the beautiful and mysterious Lio Sha (Ressel Orla) is facing him a murderous adversary, which is why in the advertising campaign of a "battle of the sexes" was mentioned.
Although Hoog wins a stage victory at the end of the first part, but his fight against "The Spiders" continues in the second part, which offers exciting entertainment even without knowing the first part. The action takes them from Asia to the underground Chinese quarter of San Francisco and on to the Falkland Islands, where it comes to the showdown. "Needless to say that sensations of fabulous tension compete with an outrageous endowment. The old Maya monuments, the customs and costumes of that time have been reconstructed with the help of outstanding scholars with a genuineness that is only possible for German thoroughness. "( The Movie , 12.10.1919) (ps)
We show a film copy from the Národní film Archive in Prague.