Hector Babenco, director

Kiss of the Spider Woman (Brazil/USA; 1985)

Original Japanese program

 

William Hurt won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the gay, transgender prisoner, Molina, in Kiss of the Spider Woman.  This award was the first Oscar ever given to a performer playing a gay/transgender character.  Despite this landmark, however, the advertising campaigns in the United States made Molina invisible; instead, every poster and press book displayed the mythical black-clad “Spider Woman” of Molina’s stories.  In some overseas markets, however, Hurt’s character was a focal point of the advertisements, as with this Japanese program book for the film.

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