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Nights of Romance and Revolution

by  Julie Salamon

"Kiss of the Spider Woman" is a wonderful movie ... luminous and powerful ... a movie that goes for the heart without bypassing the brain ... Mr. Schrader’s screenplay transposes the Puig novel into something cinematic without ever lapsing into literary awkwardness. The movie’s language is potent and poetic ... These performances are vivid and extraordinary. They won’t fade easily away ...