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Babenco, Hector

Works: 68 works in 334 publications in 7 languages and 4,394 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Domestic fiction  Film adaptations  Didactic fiction  Political fiction  Prison films  History  Biographical films  Made-for-TV movies 
Roles: Actor, Director, Author of screenplay, Producer, Author, Performer, Scenarist, Adapter, Film editor, Restager , Interviewee
Classifications: PS3561.E428, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Hector Babenco
Most widely held works by Hector Babenco
Kiss of the spider woman by Hector Babenco( Visual )

85 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Luis, a homosexual, and Valentin, a political prisoner are mismatched cell mates in a South American prison. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep his mind on the situation he's in. Eventually, the two men come to understand and respect one another
Before night falls by Julian Schnabel( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Victimized by a government that banned his books and jailed him for a crime he didn't commit, [poet] Reinaldo [Arenas] endured unspeakable persecution in a courageous stand against censorship and oppression. Without a country, but not without integrity, he fled to America where he continued to fight for personal expression and produced a stirring body of work."--Container
Ironweed by Hector Babenco( Visual )

50 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums. She used to be a singer on the radio, he used to be a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them. Helen is sick, one of their pals has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery and visits the grave of his infant son whom he dropped. Visions of his past haunt him, including ghosts of two men he killed. One night, while drinking, Helen tries to sing at a bar. Next day, Fran visits his wife and children and meets a grandson. He could stay, but decides it's not for him. Helen gets their things out of storage and finds a hotel. Amidst their mistakes and dereliction, they live with a code of fairness and loyalty
Pixote a lei do mais fraco by Hector Babenco( Visual )

26 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ten-year-old Pixote (Portuguese slang for 'Peewee') is one of three million homeless children in Brazil. Hauled off to a crowded detention center, wide-eyed Pixote witnesses rapes, beatings and other acts of random violence by both the guards and the inmates. With the transvestite Lilica and his lover Dito, Pixote escapes from the reform school where he and his friends hit the streets alone, embarking on a life of violence and crime."--Container
Carandiru by Hector Babenco( Visual )

54 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story is set in San Paulo Brazil's House of Detention. An oncologist arrives at the jail to test patients for HIV infection. Seeing the disease, overcrowding, and rampant circutlation of drugs, the doctor comes to realize the internal power structure among the prisoners. Narratives develop, including the attempted murder of Dagger, the solitary confinement of Chico, and the romance between Lady Di and Too Bad. The doctor eventually sees the prisoners as survivors, leading up to the violent conclusion: a reconstruction of the October 2, 1992 prison riot that ended when 300 policemen stormed the facility and brutally murdered 111 unarmed inmates. This true story of that day known as the Carandiru Massacre
El pasado by Hector Babenco( Visual )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in Spanish and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A couple separates after twelve years together. The man is intent on beginning a new relationship as soon as possible, but the woman isn't ready to move on yet
At play in the fields of the Lord by Hector Babenco( Visual )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En lo más profundo de la selva amazónica, un grupo de misioneros llega a esa zona con el propósito de evangelizar a los indios niaruna, mientras un par de mercenarios es obligado por la autoridad militar a exterminar a la tribu. El choque de los acontecimientos provocará la destrucción de una parte importante de ese rincón del planeta
O rei da noite by Hector Babenco( Visual )

4 editions published in 2009 in Portuguese and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In São Paulo, we see the life of a young man through the decades as he lives a Don Juan existence, courting three sisters and having a night life with a pretty young prostitute
Lúcio Flávio, o passageiro da agonia by Hector Babenco( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in Portuguese and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of Brazilian bank-robber Lúcio Flávio, who fascinated some people in Rio de Janeiro during the 1970s for his bold robberies and spectacular escapes, and also because he was thought to be intelligent and "politically aware". Before dying, he disclosed a network of corruption in Brazilian Police, and its involvement with the infamous "Death Squad" of the time, a group of policemen who went about killing criminals without giving them a fair trial
Pixote a lei do mais fraco = [Pixote] : the survival of the weakest( Visual )

4 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in German and Portuguese and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A realistic dramatization of the brutal underworld inhabited by Brazil's unwanted children
Kiss of the spider woman by Manuel Puig( Book )

5 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sometimes they talk all night long. In the still darkness of their cell, Molina re-weaves the glittering and fragile stories of the film he loves, and the cynical Valentin listens. Valentin believes in the just cause which makes all suffering bearable; Molina believes in the magic of love which makes all else endurable. Each has always been alone, and always - especially now - in danger of betrayal. But in cell, each surrenders to the other something of himself that he has never surrendered before
At play in the fields of the Lord by Peter Matthiessen( Book )

3 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale of two men's experiences with a native Indian tribe in the Brazilian rain forest. Despite their separate missions, both men converge in their respect for the native culture and their zeal to protect the Indians from imminent invasion
Kiss of the spider woman : a film by Hector Babenco( Book )

5 editions published between 1982 and 1988 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ironweed : a novel by William Kennedy( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in Undetermined and English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This tale, set during the Depression, tells about Francis Phelan and other inhabitants of skid row in Albany, New York. Ironweed, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is the best-known of William Kennedy's three Albany-based novels. Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, full-time drunk, has hit bottom. Years ago he left Albany in a hurry after killing a scab during a trolley workers' strike; he ran away again after accidentally - and fatally - dropping his infant son. Now, in 1938, Francis is back in town, roaming the old familiar streets with his hobo pal, Helen, trying to make peace with the ghosts of the past and the present. Chronicles the final wanderings of a one-time ballplayer turned down-and-out murderer
Pixote : la loi du plus faible by Hector Babenco( Visual )

7 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Une bande de gamins livrée à elle-même erre dans les rues de Sao Paulo. Lorsque la police organise une rafle, Pixote et ses amis sont incarcérés dans un centre de redressement. Mais la première nuit s'avère être encore plus cauchemardesque que la rue elle-même. La drogue, les bagarres et même le meurtre de sang-froid font désormais partie de son quotidien
Carandiru, outras histórisa( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in Portuguese and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Corazón iluminado by Hector Babenco( Visual )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in Spanish and Portuguese and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living with his parents, 17-year-old Juan hangs out with several intellectuals who would like to photograph the human soul. The girlfriend of the group's financier is Ana, and Juan is attracted to her, despite the knowledge that she spent two years at a clinic because she was "crazy." Juan sees Ana when he can and trains as a door-to-door salesman, but when the German photographer on the soul project gives him a viewfinder, it changes his life, putting him on the path to his later success as a Hollywood director
Bésame mucho( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in Portuguese and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two couple's marriages careers and friendship are put to the test during the political events of the 60's and 70s
Carandiru : die grausamste Niederschlagung einer blutigen Gefängnis-Revolte( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in German and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Lateinamerikas größtem Gefängnis "Carandiru" herrschen unmenschliche Zustände: Überfüllte Zellen, heruntergekommene Gebäude, Unterernährung. Krankheiten wie Tuberkulose und eine beginnende Aids-Epidemie breiten sich aus. Den Häftlingen wird weder medizinische noch soziale Hilfe zuteil - bis sich ein Arzt bereiterklärt, regelmäßige Besuche und "Sprechstunden" abzuhalten.(..) Er wird zum Vertrauten der Gefangenen und erfährt Hunderte von Geschichten über Verbrechen, Freundschaft und Leben - und über den von Gewalt geprägten Alltag in der Haftanstalt, der eines Tages unerwartet eskaliert
City of joy by Roland Joffé( Visual )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in Spanish and English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An American doctor, a British nurse and an illiterate Indian farmer join together to transform a Calcutta ghetto when it is threatened by the brutal local "godfather."
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Before night falls
Alternative Names
Babenco, Héctor Eduardo 1946-

Héctor Babenco Argentine film director

Héctor Babenco argentinischer Filmregisseur

Héctor Babenco brazylijski reżyser, scenarzysta i aktor filmowy

Héctor Babenco filmregisseur uit Argentinië

Héctor Babenco regista, sceneggiatore e produttore cinematografico argentino

Гектор Бабенко

Эктор Бабенко

هکتور بابنکو

ექტორ ბაბენკო

바벤코, 헥터 1946-


Pixote a lei do mais fraco