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Desert Hearts

(Donna Deitch, 1985) New Digital Restoration

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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)

Film still of two women confronting each other.

Desert Hearts, image courtesy of Janus Films.

Film still of two women embracing each other.

Desert Hearts, image courtesy of Janus Films.

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Desert Hearts