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Desert Hearts (The Criterion Collection)
  • Description

    Donna Deitch’s tender, ground‐breaking debut, a landmark in queer cinema and a
    triumph of independent filmmaking …

    The swooning and sensual first narrative feature by Donna Deitch, Desert Hearts was
    ground‐breaking upon its 1985 release: a love story about two women, made entirely
    independently, on a self‐financed shoestring budget, by a woman. In the 1959‐set film, an
    adaptation of a beloved novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell
    (The Colour of Money’s Helen Shaver) arrives in Reno to file for divorce but winds up
    catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Manhunter’s Patricia
    Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against a breath‐taking desert
    landscape. With undeniable chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox
    soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit (Punch‐Drunk Love), Desert
    Hearts beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candour.

    Features:

    • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Robert Elswit, with
    • uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • Audio commentary from 2007 featuring director Donna Deitch
  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    TBC
    Actor:
    Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers, Gwen Welles, Dean Butler, James Staley
    Director:
    Donna Deitch
    Region:
    2
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Main Language:
    English
    Run Time:
    91 mins approx.
    studio:
    CRITERION COLLECTION
    Theatrical Release Year:
    1985

Desert Hearts (The Criterion Collection)

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  • Description

    Donna Deitch’s tender, ground‐breaking debut, a landmark in queer cinema and a
    triumph of independent filmmaking …

    The swooning and sensual first narrative feature by Donna Deitch, Desert Hearts was
    ground‐breaking upon its 1985 release: a love story about two women, made entirely
    independently, on a self‐financed shoestring budget, by a woman. In the 1959‐set film, an
    adaptation of a beloved novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell
    (The Colour of Money’s Helen Shaver) arrives in Reno to file for divorce but winds up
    catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Manhunter’s Patricia
    Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against a breath‐taking desert
    landscape. With undeniable chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox
    soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit (Punch‐Drunk Love), Desert
    Hearts beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candour.

    Features:

    • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Robert Elswit, with
    • uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • Audio commentary from 2007 featuring director Donna Deitch
  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    TBC
    Actor:
    Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers, Gwen Welles, Dean Butler, James Staley
    Director:
    Donna Deitch
    Region:
    2
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Main Language:
    English
    Run Time:
    91 mins approx.
    studio:
    CRITERION COLLECTION
    Theatrical Release Year:
    1985
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