Kiss of the Spider Woman
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Babenco's film blends ideology with drama and betrayal for a tale as intellectually rewarding as it is passionate."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, PopMatters
"Centering on the camaraderie in prison between gay window-dresser and Marxist radical, the film is schematic, and the recreations of old movie scenes are uneven, but the acting is good."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Succeeds beyond all the trappings it sets up for itself and becomes an accomplished picture as a result."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Argentine writer Manuel Puig's book Kiss of the Spider Woman has a theme that endures throughout all its various incarnations: that of human dignity and compassion surviving within a society that denies it."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"Bold and touching performances by William Hurt and Raul Julia."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Explores the rapture and torture of desire, and the tension between harsh reality and escapist fantasy. [DVD]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Sorry, but this was boring and poorly executed."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
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