Desert Hearts The Criterion Collection
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Donna Deitch's swooning and sensual first narrative feature, 'Desert Hearts', was groundbreaking 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 (Helen Shaver) arrives in Reno to file for divorce but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against a breathtaking desert landscape. With undeniable chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit, Desert Hearts beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candor.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Robert Elswit, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Audio commentary from 2007 featuring director Donna Deitch
- New conversation between Deitch and actor Jane Lynch
- New conversation between Deitch, Elswit, and production designer Jeannine Oppewall about the film's visual style
- New interviews with actors Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau
- Excerpt from Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule, a 1995 documentary about the author of Desert of the Heart, the 1964 novel on which the film is based - Trailer
- PLUS: An essay by critic B. Ruby Rich
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I am not a lesbian and I thought it was a great movie
I especially loved the old west as I lived in Reno during that era and it was accurate.
The movie kept stopping even though our internet speed test showed we were fine.