Spider (2002 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Cronenberg|
|Produced by||David Cronenberg
|Screenplay by||Patrick McGrath|
by Patrick McGrath
|Music by||Howard Shore|
|Edited by||Ronald Sanders|
|Catherine Bailey Ltd.
Grosvenor Park Productions
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Classics|
|Running time||98 minutes|
The film premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and enjoyed some media buzz; however, it was released in only a few theaters at the year's end by distributor Sony Pictures Classics. Nonetheless, the film enjoyed much acclaim by critics and especially by Cronenberg enthusiasts. The film garnered a Best Director award at the Canadian Genie Awards. The stars of the film, Ralph Fiennes and particularly Miranda Richardson, received several awards for their work in the film.
Spider is the story of Dennis Cleg, a man who is given a room in a halfway house catering to mentally disturbed persons. Cleg has just been released from a mental institution and in his new abode starts piecing together or recreating in his memory an apparently fateful childhood event. He roams the nearby derelict urban area and the local canal and starts to relive or visualize a period of his childhood in 1950s London with his mother and his father. A shift takes place in the child's psyche when he witnesses his mother groping with his father in the garden and, subsequently, when he sees his mother in a silky night gown she wore for his father. The son, as a grown man seems to recreate in his memory the buildup to his father's murder of his mother with the passive support of a prostitute he is involved with, who then moves into the house and is presented as his mother. The young son then kills the mistress by gassing her in the kitchen. After that memory he attempts late one night to kill the landlady whom he sees alternatively as the mistress and his mother, but backs away after she says, "What have you done Mr. Cleg?" He is taken back to the asylum.
- Ralph Fiennes as Dennis "Spider" Cleg
- Bradley Hall as young Spider
- Miranda Richardson as Yvonne / Mrs. Cleg
- Gabriel Byrne as Bill Cleg
- John Neville as Terrence
- Lynn Redgrave as Mrs. Wilkinson
During a Q&A session at the Kodak Lecture Series in May 2005, Cronenberg revealed that neither he, nor Fiennes, nor Richardson, nor the producers received any sort of salary during the shooting of the film. All chose to waive their salaries, so the money could be used to bankroll the under-funded production.
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- BFI | Sight & Sound | Top Ten Poll 2002 - How the directors and critics voted
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- Spider at Rotten Tomatoes
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