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A strange odyssey from novel to film is chronicled in Tangled Web: Making Kiss of the Spider Woman. Creative team Manuel Puig, William Hurt, Raul Julia, Hector Babenco, Leonard Schrader, David Weisman confess the daunting challenges and profound satisfactions of creating 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 - these are all chapters in the startling saga behind this timeless gem. Filmmaker David Weisman's Tangled Web captures many of the unique and emotionally charged moments that serendipitously turned this courageous movie into a masterpiece.

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