- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: October 21, 2008
- Originally Released: 1985
- Label: City Lights Home Vid
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1985 -
Best Actor: William Hurt
Cannes 1985 -
Best Actor: William Hurt
New York Times - 07/26/1985
"...A brilliant achievement....Staged with the perfect control and fierce orignality that make it one of the best films in a long while..."
New York Times - 12/29/1985
Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1985"
Entertainment Weekly - 11/04/1994
"...[Julia is] sterling..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/23/1985
"...THE KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN succeeds on a deep, emotional level and as spellbinding entertainment as well..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/31/2008
"Hurt helped turn KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN into an indie sensation....He won a Best Actor Oscar..." -- Grade: B
Hector Babenco's Oscar-nominated drama, adapted from Manuel Puig's novel and set in an unspecified Latin American country, takes a penetrating look at the role of entertainment in a politically oppressive regime. When activist Valentin (Raul Julia) is tossed in a cell, already beaten and tortured by prison guards anxious to get information out of him, he ends up sharing the space with Molina (William Hurt), a homosexual deeply engaged with popular culture--especially the movies. The two men have widely divergent views of life: while the leftist Valentin strives to bring forth a revolution, Molina buries himself in elaborate fantasies taken directly from the cinema. In particular, he relates two fanciful narratives--one a Nazi melodrama, the other an escapist fable about a glamorous "spider woman" (Sonia Braga), harkening back to the glory days of film noir and murderous femme fatales. The impatient and dedicated Valentin tries to raise his cellmate's conscience, and gradually the two men come together and, in a stunning and shocking conclusion, each one truly learns to put himself in the other's place. Hurt delivers an Oscar-winning performance in this captivating tribute to the power of film and fantasy as an escape from inhumane conditions.
KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN is director Hector Babenco's complex tale about a relationship that develops between two men sharing a prison cell somewhere in South America. To pass the time, one oentertains the other with imaginative, fanciful narratives from old movies.
Character Study |
Gay / Lesbian |
Prison / Prisoners |