Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) US

Cinema Queer by Marcelino Rosas

Why do I like it? Why do I recommend it?

In honor of the recent passing of William Hurt. I wanted to recommend this beautiful movie, that is bold, touching, original, and very real.

This movie shows escapism and fantasy at its best. It tackles social and political norms in such an effortless and unique way. What these two men go through in this Brazilian prison to escape the harsh reality is amazing to watch. I highly recommend this film if you can manage to find It.

This film is also based on the book by the same name written by Manuel Puig.

Brilliant performances by William Hurt who won the academy award for best leading Actor for this role, Raul Julia who is probably best known as Gomez the father head in The Addams Family movies , and the beautiful Sõnia Braga.

Available platforms to watch it: This one is sadly not available to stream anywhere but you can probably buy the dvd on eBay if you still own a DVD player.

Marcelino Rosas
Marcelino Rosas

Marcelino “Marc” Rosas is a novelist, essayist and film reviewer whose writing centers on the intersection of Queer and Latinx identity. Raised in Los Angeles as the eldest son in a Mexican-American family with traditional views of masculinity, his debut novel Afuera (Out) and its follow-up Fuerte (Strong) are celebrated for their passionate and candid portrayal of the challenges confronting a young man coming of age in a machismo-dominated culture as he explores and finally fully embraces his identity as a gay Latino man. A one-time fashion and figure model himself, Marc has always had a strong appreciation for the arts, in particular film. Thus his passion for sharing hidden gems of queer cinema via his film reviews with his ever-growing audience. When not at his writing desk working on his next book, Marc spends his time in the gym or traveling with the love of his life Pieter, his husband of many years.

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