Kiss of the Spider Woman

Synopsis: Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a trans individual, is found guilty of immoral behavior and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep his mind on the situation he's in. During the time they spend together, the two men come to understand and respect one another.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Hector Babenco
Production: Strand Releasing
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 10 nominations.
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120 min

She's, um...

Well, she's...

something a little strange.

That's what you notice,

that she's not a woman

like all the others.

She seems all wrapped up in herself.


in a world she carries

deep inside her...

but surrounded by a world of luxury.

A sumptuous boudoir.

Her bed all quilted satin.

Chiffon drapes.

From her window,

you can see the Eiffel Tower.

Suddenly, her maid brings in

a gift-wrapped box.

A token from an admirer.

She's a cabaret star of the highest rank.

She opens the box.

It's a diamond bracelet.

But she sends it back.

Men are really at her feet.

She's known a few.

But not the one

she's been waiting for all her life.

A real man.

Her maid has prepared her a foam bath.

The star takes a towel

and wraps it around her hair

like a turban.

Her fingernails painted a rosy peach,

she unfastens her taffeta nightgown

and lets it slide smoothly

down her thighs

to the tile floor.

Her skin glistens.

Her petite ankle slips

into the perfumed water.

Then her sensuous legs,

until finally her whole body

is caressed with foam.

I told you.

No erotic descriptions.

Whatever, but she's a ravishing woman.

Do you know what I mean?

I mean...

the most ravishing woman in the world.

Yeah, sure.

She really is.

Perfect figure.

Classical features.

But with these big green...


They're black.

I'm the one who saw the movie,

but if that's what you want,

big black eyes.

Kind eyes.

Tender eyes.

But beware.

They can see...


There's nothing you can hide from them.

No matter how lonely she may be,

she keeps men... at a distance.

She's probably got bad breath

or something.

If you're going to crack jokes

about a film

that I happen to be fond of,

there's no reason to go on.

All right, all right, go ahead.


we're in Paris.

Troops are marching

right underneath the Arc de Triomphe.

Really handsome soldiers,


the French girls are applauding

as they pass by.

Then we are on this typical

Parisian back street.

Dead end, sort of --

sort of looking up a hill,

and these really weird-looking Frenchmen --

not the typical ones with the berets --

are unloading a truck --

It's wartime of course --

and the boxes contain contraband delicacies

like canned meat,

the best cheeses...

mm, peaches in syrup...

Don't talk about food.

Not to mention the hams and the pats.

I'm serious.

No food and no naked women.

You still feeling dizzy?

It's my back.

You've been bleeding again.

Look at your shirt.

It's all wet.

It's just sweat.

I had another fever break.

Well, what do you think so far?

Isn't it fabulous?

Helps pass the time.

Does that mean that you like it?

Doesn't help any great cause,

but I guess it's all right.

Blessed Mary, is that all

you can talk about?

You must have studied

political philosophies in school.

The phrase is "political science",

and the answer is no.

I studied journalism.

Oh, so you can appreciate a good story.

And easily spot a cheap one.

I know it's nothing terribly intellectual

like you must be used to.

It's just a... romance,

but it's so beautiful.



this military convoy rushes forward!

Marvelous German soldiers

catch those weird smugglers in the act

and arrest them all.

But watching nearby...

is this small truck.

With these two French thugs

from the Resistance...

who are spying on the Germans.

This hulking clubfoot

and his half-deaf flunky.

Wait a minute.

Those weird guys the Germans arrested?


What do you mean

they didn't look French?

They didn't look French.

They looked...

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Manuel Puig

Juan Manuel Puig Delledonne (December 28, 1932 – July 22, 1990) - better known as Manzel Puig - was an Argentine author. Among his best-known novels are La traición de Rita Hayworth (Betrayed by Rita Hayworth, 1968), Boquitas pintadas (Heartbreak Tango, 1969), and El beso de la mujer araña (Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1976) which was adapted into the film released in 1985, directed by the Argentine-Brazilian director Héctor Babenco; and a Broadway musical in 1993. more…

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