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Encyclopedia > Kiss of the Spider Woman
Kiss of the Spider Woman

Theatrical Poster
Directed by Hector Babenco
Produced by Executive Producer:
Francisco Ramalho Jr.
Producer:
David Weisman
Written by Leonard Schrader
Story:
Manuel Puig
Starring William Hurt
Raul Julia
Sonia Braga
José Lewgoy
Music by Nando Cordeiro
Michael Jary
John Neschling
Cinematography Rodolfo Sánchez
Editing by Mauro Alice
Distributed by Island Alive
Release date(s) United States:
July 26, 1985
Running time 120 minutes
Country Brazil
United States
Language English
Portuguese
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Kiss of the Spider Woman (Portuguese: O Beijo da Mulher Aranha) is a Brazilian and American film released in 1985 and directed by Hector Babenco.[1] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (405x604, 42 KB) This image is of a movie poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... Héctor Eduardo Babenco is a Brazilian director, screenwriter, producer and actor. ... Leonard Schrader (1944 in Grand Rapids, Michigan - November 2, 2006 in Los Angeles of heart failure) was an Academy Award-nominated American screenwriter and director most notable for his ability to write Japanese language films and for his many collaborations with his brother Paul Schrader. ... Manuel Puig Manuel Puig (General Villegas, December 28, 1932 - Cuernavaca, July 22, 1990) was an Argentinian author. ... William Hurt in Lost in Space. ... Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay (March 9, 1940 - October 24, 1994) was a Puerto Rican actor who lived and worked for many years in the United States. ... Sônia Braga (born 1950) is a Brazilian actress. ... José Lewgoy was born in Veranópolis, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in 1920, and died in 2003, in Rio de Janeiro. ... July 26 is the 207th day (208th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 158 days remaining. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson Rambo: First Blood Part II, starring Sylvester Stallone Rocky IV, starring Sylvester Stallone The Color Purple, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Adolph Caesar Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and... Héctor Eduardo Babenco is a Brazilian director, screenwriter, producer and actor. ...


The movie was adapted by Leonard Schrader from the Manuel Puig novel El Beso de la Mujer Araña. Leonard Schrader (1944 in Grand Rapids, Michigan - November 2, 2006 in Los Angeles of heart failure) was an Academy Award-nominated American screenwriter and director most notable for his ability to write Japanese language films and for his many collaborations with his brother Paul Schrader. ... Manuel Puig Manuel Puig (General Villegas, December 28, 1932 - Cuernavaca, July 22, 1990) was an Argentinian author. ... Kiss of the Spider Woman (Spanish: El beso de la mujer araña) is a 1976 novel by the Argentinian writer Manuel Puig. ...


It stars William Hurt, Raúl Juliá and Sonia Braga, José Lewgoy, and others. William Hurt in Lost in Space. ... Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay [IPA: raÊŠul rafaɪɛl xulia i É’:θɛlaɪ] (March 9, 1940 – October 24, 1994) was a Puerto Rican actor who lived and worked for many years in the United States. ... Sônia Braga (born 1950) is a Brazilian actress. ... José Lewgoy was born in Veranópolis, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in 1920, and died in 2003, in Rio de Janeiro. ...

Contents

Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The film tells of political prisoners Valentin Arregui (Raul Julia) and homosexual and child-molester Luis Molina (William Hurt). They share an Argentinian prison cell. Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay (March 9, 1940 - October 24, 1994) was a Puerto Rican actor who lived and worked for many years in the United States. ... William Hurt in Lost in Space. ...


Molina passes the time by recounting memories from one of his favorite films, a wartime romantic thriller that's also a Nazi propaganda film. He weaves the characters into a narrative meant to comfort Valentin and distract him from the harsh realities of political imprisonment and the separation from the woman he cares about.


Arregui allows Molina to penetrate some of his defensive self and opens up. An unlikely friendship develops between the two prisoners: the dreamer and the political activist.


As the story develops, it's clear that Valentin is being poisoned by his jailers to force him to reveal what he knows. Molina, it seems, may also have alterior motives.

Spoilers end here.

Background

The story is a "movie within a movie," featuring Luis Molina episodically telling Valentin Arregui the plot of the movie Kiss of the Spider Woman made in Germany during the Second World War by the Nazis. Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... The Nazi party used a right-facing swastika as their symbol and the red and black colors were said to represent Blut und Boden (blood and soil). ...


Unlike most such internal presentations, it doesn't matter how the "movie within the movie" ends; the plot is what happens to the prisoners.


Cast and ratings

Ratings
Argentina:  18
Australia:  M
Canada (Ontario):  14
Chile:  18
Finland:  K-16
Iceland:  16
Netherlands:  12
Sweden:  15
United Kingdom:  15
United States:  R
  • William Hurt as Luis Molina
  • Raul Julia as Valentin Arregui
  • Sonia Braga as Leni Lamaison/Marta/Spider Woman
  • José Lewgoy as Warden
  • Milton Gonçalves as Secret Policeman
  • Míriam Pires as Mother Molina
  • Nuno Leal Maia as Gabriel, Molina's friend
  • Fernando Torres as Americo
  • Patricio Bisso as Greta
  • Herson Capri as Werner, Leni's German lover and Chief of Counter-Intelligence in movie fantasy
  • Denise Dumont as Michelle, Leni's best friend in movie fantasy
  • Antônio Petrin as Clubfoot, Resistance fighter in movie fantasy
  • Wilson Grey as Flunky, Resistance fighter in movie fantasy
  • Miguel Falabella as Lieutenant

A motion picture rating system categorizes films with regard to suitability for children and/or adults in terms of issues such as sex, violence and profanity. ... The Ontario Film Review Board uses the following motion picture rating system for theatrical releases in the Canadian province of Ontario under the Theatres Act: General. ... British Board of Film Classification logo The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), originally British Board of Film Censors, is the organisation responsible for film and some video game classification and censorship within the United Kingdom. ... The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and territories and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ... William Hurt in Lost in Space. ... Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay (March 9, 1940 - October 24, 1994) was a Puerto Rican actor who lived and worked for many years in the United States. ... Sônia Braga (born 1950) is a Brazilian actress. ... José Lewgoy was born in Veranópolis, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in 1920, and died in 2003, in Rio de Janeiro. ... Milton Gonçalves (Born in Monte Santo, Minas Gerais , Brazil; December 9 of 1933) is a Afro-Brazilian actor . ... Fernando José Torres Sanz (20 March 1984) is a Spanish football player and captain of Atlético Madrid. ... Miguel Falabella (born on October 10, 1957 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian TV, cinema and theater actor, producer and director. ...

Adaptations

A Broadway musical Kiss of the Spider Woman, based on the same story was produced in 1993. Kiss of the Spider Woman is a 1993 Broadway musical written by John Kander and Fred Ebb with book by Terrence McNally. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


Footnotes

  1. ^ Kiss of the Spider Woman at the Internet Movie Database

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about motion pictures, actors, movie stars, TV shows, TV stars, production crew personnel, movie pictures, cast, crew as well as video games. ...

External links

Cinema of Brazil

Actors • Directors • Films A-Z • Film chronology • Cinematographers • Editors • Producers • Score composers • Screenwriters • This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The cinema of Brazil started in 1930. ... Cinema of Brazil An incomplete list of films produced in Brazil in year order. ...


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Kiss of the Spider Woman : About| Logo Online (280 words)
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.
Kiss of the Spider Woman received Oscar nominations for best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay, and Hurt took home the best actor trophy for his portrayal of the soulful and conflicted Molina.
Kiss of the Spider Woman Summary (248 words)
Kiss of the Spider Woman(Portuguese: O Beijo da Mulher Aranha) is a 1985 American- Brazilian film which tells the story of two men in an Argentine prison during the 1970s military government — one a political prisoner, the other in prison for his...
The Impact of Homosexuality in Kiss of the Spider Woman
The essay describes the effects of the presence of homosexuality in the novel Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
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