Review aggregation website gives it a rating of 85% based on reviews from 26 critics. Eclipse Theatre's inaugural production will hold you completely captive. During filming in Brazil, Hurt and a friend were threatened at gunpoint but were let go several hours later. The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. Molina is granted parole in a surprise move by the secret police.
Luis, a gay man, is found guilty of immoral behaviour and Valentin is a political prisoner. But they share the same experiences, day after day, and that gives them a common bond. But his ability to escape reality is tested by his new cellmate, a Marxist revolutionary named Valentin. It is between freedom and slavery. In the 1950s, it was Italy. There are passages in the movie that seem to be absolutely self-contained, and then a word or gesture will reveal that they have depths we can only guess.
For despite falling in love with Valentin, Luis has been co-opted by the prison warden and the secret police to get information out of his cellmate in exchange for early parole. Advertisement The performances are wonderful. Kiss of the Spider Woman is presented by special arrangement with samuel french inc. Every decade seems to be dominated by the cinema of a different country in addition to Hollywood, of course, a country of its own. The Argentinian author was the first to adapt his own novel as a.
March 2015 The film received positive reviews. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep his mind on the situation he's in. The film yielded five Academy Award nominations, with William Hurt winning the Oscar for Best Actor. The director, , is a Brazilian, but he has directed his American stars in English without falling prey to the occasional loss of tone you sometimes hear as foreigners work in unfamiliar languages. The film is based on the 1976 novel El beso de la mujer araña by.
A Broadway musical , also based on the novel, was produced in 1993. Despite Valentin's occasionally snapping at Molina over her shallow views of film watching and unrealistic romance, an unlikely friendship develops between the two. Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Popular movie trailers from 1985 These some of the most viewed trailers for movies released in 1985: 1985 07 June 1985 A young teenager named Mikey Walsh finds an old treasure map in his father's attic. Gradually, an affection grows between them, and we assume that the movie will be about the ways in which they learn to accept each other.
After a sympathetic doctor risks his job by administering to help him sleep, Valentin finds himself on an idyllic tropical island with Marta. Molina at first refuses to take the number, fearing the consequences of treason, but she relents, bidding Valentin farewell with a kiss. Kiss of the Spider Woman Trailer 1985 26 July 120 mins Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Kiss of the Spider Woman Cast. Now out of prison, Molina calls the telephone number, and a meeting is arranged with the revolutionary group. During the time they spend together, the two men come to understand and respect one another. Valentin provides Molina with a telephone number and a message for his comrades.
And Sonia Braga, called upon to satirize bad acting, makes a perfect spider woman. Devoted to his politics, Valentin takes exception to the film, but is gradually lulled by its telling. By the end of the film, what started out as a contest between two opposite personalities has expanded into a choice between two completely different attitudes toward life. Raul Julia and William Hurt star in this 1985 film directed by Hector Babenco which explores the relationship between two political prisoners in a South American jail, one a political dissident and the other a homosexual arrested on a morals charge. Only gradually does the reality of the film reveal itself: We are in a cramped, depressing prison cell, and the story-teller is a prisoner, trying to pass the days by escaping into fantasy.
William Hurt, who won the best actor award at Cannes this year for this film, creates a character utterly unlike anyone else he has ever played - a frankly theatrical character, exaggerated and mannered - and yet he never seems to be reaching for effects. Alternative movies trailers for Kiss of the Spider Woman More movie trailers, teasers, and clips from Kiss of the Spider Woman: Kiss of the Spider Woman 1985 with Raul Julia Sonia Braga William Hurt movie The film centers on two cellmates who are a gay man and a political activist. In the 1980s, Brazil and Australia seem to be the centers of the most exciting work. The film was awarded the inaugural Golden Space Needle award from the. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. A man is telling a story. Luis, however holds a secret of passion and betrayal.
. Flamboyant homosexual Molina William Hurt and aggressive straight revolutionary Valentin Raul Julia share a prison cell in an unnamed Latin American dictatorship. Valentin encourages Molina to have self-respect and opens her up to political commitment. Raul Julia, sweaty and physical in the early scenes, gradually reveals a poetry that makes the whole movie work. Details of the plot are revealed so subtly and so surprisingly that I will say nothing more, except that the film does not lead in the directions we anticipate.
And the choice is not sexual, although for a long time it seems so. But as Luis calmly explains, unless someone gives him a key to walk out of his prison, he will continue to escape in any way he can. Hurt also won at the , the and several other festivals. But the secret police have had Molina under surveillance, and at the rendezvous, a gun battle occurs, with the revolutionaries shooting Molina. As the story develops, it becomes clear that Valentin is being poisoned by his jailers to provide Molina with a chance to befriend him, and that Molina is spying on Valentin on behalf of the secret police. Hurt delivers his Academy Award®-winning performance in this captivating tribute to the power of film and fantasy as escape from inhumane conditions.