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Million Dollar Theatre photo by Mike Hume; "Kiss of the Spider Woman" poster ©1985 CBS inc.

"Kiss of the Spider Woman" at the Million Dollar Theatre

"Kiss of the Spider Woman" at the Million Dollar Theatre

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 8:00pm Register

Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)    

Saturday, June 9, 8 p.m.
Million Dollar Theatre, downtown L.A.
Co-Presented by the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles
Color; 35mm
121 minutes

On stage before the screening: producer of the film David Weisman, in conversation with Catherine Benamou, Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies, UC Irvine

free Q&A session about the theatre will follow the screening. Stay in your seat to learn more about the history and architecture! 

Join us for a free afterparty at Clifton's after the screening!

About the Film

This 1985 Brazilian-American film is based on the 1976 novel by Argentine writer Manuel Puig. William Hurt and Raúl Juliá star as cellmates in a Brazilian prison. Hurt portrays Luis Molina, a transgender person imprisoned for immoral behavior. Juliá’s Valentin Arregui is a political prisoner arrested for his work with an anti-government revolutionary group. 

The unlikely pair develop a close relationship as Molina recounts the stories of her favorite films, distracting Arregui from the realities of prison life and the torture he suffers at the hands of his jailers. As the story unfolds, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur; it’s unclear whether their friendship is real or just another fabrication.

William Hurt earned an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Kiss of the Spider Woman

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