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Cuando tejen las arañas (1979)

Laura is a pretty, sexually repressed rich girl whom has spent most of her life in a Swiss Boarding School. When she returns to Mexico City, she is restless and bored. She's upset to find ... See full summary »

Director:

Roberto Gavaldón

Writers:

Fernando Galiana (screen story), Vicente Leñero (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alma Muriel ... Laura
Jaime Moreno ... Alex
Raquel Olmedo ... Julia
Carlos Piñar ... Sergio
Angélica Chain Angélica Chain ... Claudia
Alfredo Leal Alfredo Leal ... Daniel
Adriana Page Adriana Page ... Lorena, la modelo
Gustavo Rojo ... Padre de Laura
Argentina Morales Argentina Morales ... Manuela, ama de llaves
Armando Sáenz Armando Sáenz ... Licenciado
Ricardo Fuentes Ricardo Fuentes ... Psychiatrist
Marcelo Villamil Marcelo Villamil ... Doctor abortista
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Laura is a pretty, sexually repressed rich girl whom has spent most of her life in a Swiss Boarding School. When she returns to Mexico City, she is restless and bored. She's upset to find that her mother is openly having an affair with a younger man, and that her father is secretly following suit. When he's being blackmailed, her father commits suicide. Shocked, she marries Gustavo, her childhood sweetheart in a haste, only to find that he was her father's secret lover and that he's gay and sadistic. This sends her reeling into the modeling scene, working ceaselessly on magazines and fashion shows. Then she has a complicated relationship with celebrity photographer Alex. Her only support comes from her former schoolmate Regina, a prim and proper heiress. When Alex abandons her for a transvestite, Laura is devastated and is then drugged and raped by Regina and her strange Jamaican "maid". It turns out that Regina plotted everything to drive her friend to despair and then, entrap her in... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

22 March 1979 (Mexico) See more »

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Conacite Dos See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Spider Tale
24 January 2018 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

Roberto Gavaldón's last film is among the less satisfactory works in his career. It is true that it does not fare the lowest score, compared to «La casa chica» (1950) or «Historia de un amor» (1956), two weepy tales dominated by extremely melodramatic performances by Dolores del Río and Libertad Lamarque, respectively. In the last phase of his career, during the permissive seventies, Gavaldón had to deal with Cantinflas, charro Tony Aguilar and sordid tales as «La madrastra» and «El hombre de los hongos». Here Gavaldón has a rather efficient cast that delivers the highly erotic story with zest, although he was more at home keeping passion and lovemaking under control, as in his intense classic «Sombra verde». Alma Muriel is the weakest actor in the cast, and she plays the leading role, an upper middle class virgin obsessed with the memory of her deceased father. When her hot, young mother (sexy Raquel Olmedo, stealing every scene she is in) reveals dad's "dirty secret", the girl loosens up, has an affair with a macho photographer (Jaime Moreno), becomes pregnant, and cheats her previous boyfriend (bland Carlos Piñar) into marriage. From then on, everything turns ugly, with an ending that may rise more than one or two eyebrows among the LGBTetc crowd. The version I saw seems "fumigated", as if almost all nudity in the movie had been cut, when it is obvious that all the players were more than willing to take their clothes off. I believe that Gavaldón was fed up with what cinema had become worldwide, and retired after completing this motion picture.


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