Kiss of the spider woman

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Country: Brazil
Release Date: May 13, 1985
Genre(s): Drama
Director: Héctor Babenco
Cast: William Hurt, Raúl Juliá, Sonia Braga, José Lewgoy
Awards: Academy Awards: Best Actor: William Hurt; BAFTA Awards: Best Actor: William Hurt Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor: William Hurt

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Kiss of the Spider Woman

Kiss of the spider woman - scene 6Kiss of the Spider Woman (Portuguese: O Beijo da Mulher Aranha) is a 1985 Brazilian-American drama film directed by Argentine-born Brazilian director Héctor Babenco, and adapted by Leonard Schrader from the Manuel Puig novel of the same name. William Hurt, Raúl Juliá, Sonia Braga, José Lewgoy, and Milton Gonçalves star in the leading roles.


Plot

Political prisoner Valentin Arregui (Raul Julia) and homosexual pederast Luis Molina (William Hurt) share a Brazilian prison cell in this fantastical drama from the book by Manuel Puig. Sensitive and flamboyant, Molina helps pass the time by recounting memories from one of his favorite films, a wartime romantic thriller that just may also be a Nazi propaganda film. He weaves the characters into an ongoing narrative meant to spur Valentin’s imagination and distract him from the brutal realities of political imprisonment and separation from the woman he loves. Hard around the edges, and willing to die for his political principles, Valentin nonetheless allows Molina to penetrate some of his defensive shell. An odd friendship forms between the two vastly different prisoners, the dreamer and the activist. As the narrative unfolds, it becomes clear that Valentin is being poisoned by his captors, to compel him to reveal names and secrets, and that Molina may have other agendas that belie his honesty and openness with Valentin. The intense character study builds toward a surprising conclusion.


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Data Sheet

Directed by: Héctor Babenco
Produced by: Francisco Ramalho Jr., David Weisman
Screenplay by: Leonard Schrader
Based on: Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
Starring: William Hurt, Raúl Juliá, Sonia Braga, José Lewgoy …
Music by: Nando Cordeiro,Michael Jary, John Neschling
Cinematography: Rodolfo Sánchez
Editing by: Mauro Alice
Release date: May 13, 1985
Running time: 121 minutes
Country: Brazil and United States
Language: English, French, Portuguese and German


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Kiss of the Spider Woman (Portuguese: O Beijo da Mulher Aranha) is a 1985 Brazilian-American drama film directed by Argentine-born Brazilian director Héctor Babenco, and adapted by Leonard Schrader from the Manuel Puig novel of the same name. William Hurt, Raúl Juliá, Sonia Braga, José Lewgoy, and Milton Gonçalves...
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