Cinema: Crosscutting Across Cultures

Two new films boast a United Nations of creative talent

KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN

Doing hard time in a totalitarian state, the only thing a prisoner has a chance of retaining inviolate is his fantasy life. Of the two men pent up in a South American cell, Luis (William Hurt), a homosexual, has the easier time doing so. His secret life revolves around the fool's-gold romanticism of old movies. To be precise, one World War II melodrama in which, as he remembers and recounts it, the Gestapo were the heroes and the French Resistance the villains. Luis, a decent, motherly sort of chap, doesn't care about all that. He just...

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