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A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.

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Luis Molina
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Valentin Arregui
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Leni Lamaison / Marta / Spider Woman (as Sonia Braga)
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Warden
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Pedro
Míriam Pires ...
Mother (as Miriam Pires)
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Gabriel
Fernando Torres ...
Americo
Patricio Bisso ...
Greta
Herson Capri ...
Werner
Denise Dumont ...
Michele (as Denise Dummont)
Nildo Parente ...
Leader of Resistance
Antônio Petrin ...
Clubfoot (as Antonio Petrin)
Wilson Grey ...
Flunky
Miguel Falabella ...
Lieutenant
Walter Breda ...
Agent #1
Luiz Guilherme ...
Agent #2 (as Luis Guilherme)
Walmir Barros ...
Agent #3
Luis Serra ...
Prison Doctor
Ana Maria Braga ...
Lidia
Benjamin Cattan ...
Molina's Friend
Oswaldo Barreto ...
Molina's Friend
Sergio Bright ...
Molina's Friend
Claudio Curi ...
Molina's Friend
Lineu Dias ...
Bank Cashier
Joe Kantor ...
Judge
Luis Roberto Galizia ...
Nurse
Pericles Campos ...
Prison Guard
Edmilson Santos ...
Prison Guard
Walter Vicca ...
Prison Guard
Ken Kaneko ...
Prison Guard (as Kenichi Kaneko)
Geogers Schlesinger ...
Jewish Smuggler
Carlos Fariello ...
Jewish Smuggler
Frederico Botelho ...
Jewish Smuggler
Sylvio Band ...
Rabbi
Paulo Ludmer ...
Rabbi
Elvira Bisso ...
Maid
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Eduardo Conde ...
Cop (uncredited)
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Molina's Friend (uncredited)
Ivan Setta ...
Cop (uncredited)
Carlos Augusto Strazzer ...
Prisoner (uncredited)

Directed by

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Hector Babenco

Written by

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Manuel Puig ... (based on the novel by)
 
Leonard Schrader ... (written by)

Produced by

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Altamiro Boscoli ... associate producer
Paulo Francini ... associate producer
Gustavo Halbreich ... associate producer
Jane Holzer ... associate producer
Michael Maiello ... associate producer
Francisco Ramalho Jr. ... executive producer
Jaime Sverner ... associate producer
David Weisman ... producer

Music by

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Nando Carneiro
John Neschling

Cinematography by

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Rodolfo Sánchez ... director of photography (as Rodolfo Sanchez)

Film Editing by

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Mauro Alice

Editorial Department

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Cristina Amaral ... assistant editor
Regina Dias ... assistant editor
Galileu Garcia Jr. ... assistant editor
Helen Hahn ... negative cutter
Sergio Marin ... assistant editor
Dennis McNeill ... color timer
Rebecca Nauert ... assistant editor / post-production coordinator
Lee Percy ... additional editor

Production Design by

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Clovis Bueno

Art Direction by

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Clovis Bueno

Costume Design by

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Patricio Bisso

Makeup Department

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Nilda de Moura ... hair stylist
Nena de Oliveira ... makeup artist
Guilherme Pereira ... makeup artist: Ms. Braga
Marco Simon ... hairdresser: Ms. Braga

Production Management

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John Paul Lussier ... unit production manager
Liza Monteiro ... production manager: Brazil

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Amilcar Monteiro Claro ... assistant director (as Amilcar Monero)
Flávio R. Tambellini ... assistant director

Art Department

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Nanci Audi ... props
Felipe Crescenti ... set designer
Solange Magerowski ... assistant art director
Cecília Ribeiro ... assistant art director
Berta Segall ... assistant art director
Mique Stedile ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Mark Berger ... supervising re-recording mixer
Paul Coombe ... re-recording mixer
Ismael Cordeiro ... production sound mixer
Susan Dudeck ... supervising sound editor
Scott Ganary ... foley mixer
Gary Gegan ... foley mixer
Allen Hartz ... sound editor
Val Kuklowsky ... supervising adr editor
Lorie O'Shatz ... sound editor
Philip Rogers ... sound recordist
Jeff Rosen ... sound editor
José Luiz Sasso ... sound engineer
Peter Waggoner ... re-recording mixer
Cathy Welch ... assistant sound editor
Hugo Weng ... sound editor

Special Effects by

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José Marchesin ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Robert Dawson ... optical director

Camera and Electrical Department

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Wilmar Moreira Carvalho ... electrician
Felipe Daviña ... assistant camera
José Alves do Nascimento ... electrician
João Antônio Duarte ... electrician
Mário Souza Gama ... electrician
Odair Guarani ... assistant camera
Jamelão ... gaffer
Lúcio Kodato ... photographer: second unit
José Carlos Lampa ... electrician
José Manir ... electrician
Jamelao Medeiros ... gaffer
Oswaldo Moreira ... electrician
Adalberto Padouim ... electrician
Lelio Rodrigues ... grip
Antônio Alves Souza ... electrician

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Zeze Braga ... dress maker: Miss Braga's dresses
Therezinka Ferreira ... dress maker
Mauricio Kawamura ... wardrobe
Avy Marciano ... dress maker

Music Department

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Wally Badarou ... composer: additional music

Other crew

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Daniel Bickel ... production coordinator
Mara Borba ... choreographer
Murilo Carvalho ... production assistant
Jorge Carvallo ... assistant: Mr. Hurt
Carla Chertel ... production assistant
Robert Dawson ... title designer: main titles
Alberto Gieco ... script supervisor
Daniel Gomez ... assistant: Mr. Julia
Susan Jacobs ... publicist
Rui Lima ... production assistant
Tony Payne ... assistant to producers
Carmen Rodrigues ... secretary
Rene Silber ... production assistant
Marçal Souza ... production assistant (as Marçal de Souza)
Janete Tsuha ... accountant
David E. Van Houten ... publicity designer
Oscar Veliz ... production assistant
Edgard Zilberberg ... production assistant
Roberto Herrero ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Michael Black ... special thanks
Fabiano Canosa ... special thanks
Peter Dekom ... special thanks
Jeffrey Hunter ... special thanks
Burt Lancaster ... special thanks
Gene Parseghian ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. Written by Leon Wolters

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Also Known As
  • O Beijo da Mulher-Aranha (Brazil)
  • Le baiser de la femme-araignée (France)
  • Kuß der Spinnenfrau (Germany)
  • El beso de la mujer araña (Spain)
  • Spindelkvinnans kyss (Sweden)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The first independent film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986). See more »
Soundtracks JE ME MOQUE DE L'AMOUR See more »
Quotes Luis Molina: The nicest thing about feeling happy is that you think you'll never be unhappy again.
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