‘Kiss’ from an old flame

Pic not as radical or bold as 15 years ago, Schrader sez

After 15 years, “Kiss of the Spider Woman” was re-released Wednesday at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

“I really do believe that the movie was as fresh as it was 15 years ago,” said Hector Babenco, helmer of the film.

As fresh as it may be, writer Leonard Schrader said that people will perceive the movie differently.

“It was extremely radical and bold when it came out. Today that feeling is gone and people watch it more for the film really instead of how bold and outrageous it is.”

Producer David Weisman said he thinks the re-release is wonderful and a good opportunity for new audiences to see the film. “I thought it was a good reaction, no one walked out.”

The event was a benefit gala co-sponsored by Human Rights Watch Intl. Film Festival, which bowed Friday, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The gala also featured two fest awards.

Those in attendance for the gala included Bruni Burres and John Anderson, execs of the festival; pic’s Sonia Braga and William Hurt; plus guests Amy Irving with husband Bruno Barreto, Moby, Arthur Penn, Sid Sheinberg, Andrew Shue and Sam Weisman.

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