Critic's Choice Spotlight: Simon Abrams • 2h 9m
The seductive and psychotic Perdita Durango (Rosie Perez) finally meets her match in Romeo Dolorosa (Javier Bardem), a black-clad, hypersexual bank robber, murderer and practitioner of Santeria who is transporting stolen fetuses for the illegal cosmetics trade. After kidnapping two teens for an intended sacrifice, the wild lovers barrel through a voodoo-laced odyssey of crime, blazing a trail of death and destruction from Mexico to Las Vegas.
In his English-language debut, writer/director Álex de la Iglesia (DAY OF THE BEAST) revisited the exploits of Barry Gifford's memorable character Perdita Durango, first portrayed by Isabella Rossellini in the David Lynch classic WILD AT HEART. But after its 1997 world premiere at the San Sebastián Film Festival, the U.S. distributor slashed more than ten minutes of explicit content from the film and released it direct-to-video under the title DANCE WITH THE DEVIL. This newly restored Director's Cut brings the original unadulterated film to American audiences for the first time.
DIRECTED BY ÁLEX DE LA IGLESIA
MEXICO, SPAIN | 1997 | ENGLISH & SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
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