Kiss of the Spider Woman
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Kiss of the Spider Woman (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
This groundbreaking film (the first independent ever to receive the top four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director for Hector Babenco), adapted for the screen by Academy Award nominated screenwriter Leonard Schrader from Manuel Puig's novel set in a non-specific Latin American country, takes a penetrating look at the role of sex and politics under an oppressive right-wing regime. The timeless story, more relevant today than ever, follows the complex relationship between two distinctly different men with opposite views about life - building with powerful emotional crescendo as they gradually come together in a stunningly transcendental conclusion. Hurt delivers his Oscar-winning performance in this captivating tribute to the power of film and fantasy as escape from inhumane conditions.
Run time: 121 minutes
Tangled Web: Making Kiss of the Spider Woman
A strange odyssey from novel to film is chronicled in Tangled Web: Making Kiss of the Spider Woman. Creative team Manuel Puig, William Hurt, Hector Babenco, David Weisman, Leonard Schrader, and Raul Julia confess the daunting challenge and profound satisfaction of creating this watershed film - which almost never made it to the big screen. Burt Lancaster's mysterious obsession, director Babenco's epic struggle with author Puig, the birth of today's independent cinema - all play parts in the startling saga of this timeless gem. Filmmaker David Weisman's Tangled Web captures the many unique and emotional moments that serendipitously turned this courageous movie into a masterpiece.
Run time: 109 minutes
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his deeply emotional portrait of two lost souls surviving together in a
South American prison cell even more riveting.
The two towering performances - William Hurt's feminine gay
storyteller, and Raul Julia's angry but frail (emotionally and
physically) leftist are by far the best work either has done on film.
The intricacies of their slowly evolving relationship are complex,
powerfully moving, and sometimes disturbing,
And while probably 60% of the film takes place in one room, the film
never feels like a play. It's always cinematic.
A special film that holds up to repeated viewings.
Remember the "Brokeback Mountain" DVD with all those tedious (even boring) extras? Well, these extras are extraordinary. The documentary feature on the making of the film - all the drama that went into just getting the damn thing made are fascinating. The interviews are insightful and honest (the hostility between Hurt and the director is an interesting story...one always assumes if the film is good that everyone must have had a great time making it - go figure). There are still other documentaries on Manuel Puig and his original novel, as well as the making of the Tony Award winning musical (which includes interviews with Hal Prince, John Kander, Fred Ebb, Terrence McNally and Chita Rivera).
I found this DVD to be a real treat. It provided hours of entertainment value.
*Also: the DVD of Merchant/Ivory's "Maurice" (based on Forster's gay love story) is rich with extras as well and is highly recommended.