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(Donna Deitch, 1985) New Digital Restoration
$6 members, students, seniors
$8 general public
Public Sale begins 8/11
Groundbreaking and ripe for rediscovery, Desert Hearts was nearly unprecedented in American film as a woman-produced, woman-directed feature depicting a positive lesbian love story. Set in 1959 and based on the beloved novel by Janice Rule, the movie centers on a repressed east coast professor (Helen Shaver) who arrives in Reno, New Mexico, for a divorce when she catches the eye of a younger, free-spirited casino worker (Patricia Charbonneau). Their burgeoning romance unfolds against the breathtaking desert landscape, enhanced by smoldering chemistry between the actresses and sumptuous cinematography by a young Robert Elswit. (96 mins., DCP)
Desert Hearts, image courtesy of Janus Films.
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