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Desert Hearts [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1985]

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Release Date:11/14/2017
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Description

Director Donna Deitch makes a strong impression in her first feature film, a simple story of a lesbian love affair based on Jane Rule's 1964 novel Desert of the Heart. Helen Shaver stars as Vivian Bell, an uptight, 35-year-old Columbia University professor who travels to Reno to get a divorce. She arrives in Reno on her way to the ranch of Frances Parker (Audra Lindley), where she is staying to establish six weeks of residency in order to obtain the divorce. Once at the ranch, Vivian catches the fancy of Frances' adopted daughter Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), a casino worker ten years younger than herself. Vivian tries to remain unruffled as Cay makes unabashed overtures to her. Cay thinks that all Vivian needs is the love of another woman, and soon enough the two are in each other's arms.~Paul Brenner

Features

Audio Commentary from 2007 featuring Director Donna Deitch

Excerpt from Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule, a 1994 documentary about the author of Desert of the Heart, the 1964 novel on which the film is based

New conversation between Deitch and actor Jane Lynch

New interviews with actors Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau

New, restored 4k digital transfer, supervised by Director of Photography Robert Elswit

Plus: An essay by critic B. Ruby Rich

Remembering Reno, a new program featuring Deitch, Elswit, and Production Designer Jeannine Oppewall