Kiss Of The Spider Woman: Two-Disc Collector's Edition
Disc 1: The Feature
This groundbreaking film was the first independent ever to receive the top four Oscar nominations including Best Picture for producer David Weisman, and Best Director for Hector Babenco. Adapted by Academy Award nominated screenwriter Leonard Schrader from Manuel Puig's novel, set in a non-specific Latin American country, Kiss of the Spider Woman takes a penetrating look at the role of sex, politics, and under an oppressive right-wing regime. The timeless story, more relevant today than ever, follows the complex relationship between two, fundamentally different men with opposite life views - building with emotional crescendo as they gradually come together in a stunning transcendental conclusion. William Hurt delivers his Oscar-winning performance in this captivating tribute to the power of film and fantasy as escape from inhumane conditions.
Disc 2: Tangled Web: Making Kiss Of The Spider Woman
A strange odyssey from novel to film is chronicled in Tangled Web: '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 crafting 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 engrossing Tangled Web captures the many unique and emotional moments that serendipitously turned this courageous movie into a masterpiece.