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Watch Nash Edgerton's "Spider." Twice.

Photo of Eric Kohn By Eric Kohn | Eric Kohn April 7, 2010 at 1:12AM

Watch Nash Edgerton's "Spider." Twice.

Australian director Nash Edgerton's thoroughly solid film noir The Square opens in New York this week, delivering the goods of a sharp suspense movie, but also signaling the stateside arrival of an emerging filmmaker with a complex interest in old fashioned suspense techniques and dark comedy. (His collective, Blue-Tongued Films, was profiled in the Times a few weeks back.) As I mentioned in my indieWIRE review, the movie is being preceded here by Edgerton's short film Spider, a snapshot of his ability to inject shock and humor into a realistic scenario, but you can also watch it below. In fact, I recommend watching Spider online first, so you can appreciate its naughtily calculated twist around the six minute mark, then go see The Square -- where you'll encounter Spider again, and get a better sense of Edgerton's ability to bracket the more extreme parts of his narrative with a firm layer of patience. Impressive stuff.

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