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Desert Hearts
     

Desert Hearts

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Director: Donna Deitch

Cast: Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley

 

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Famous for being one of the first mainstream feature films to detail lesbian romance in a completely positive light, Desert Hearts receives a solid DVD release from MGM Home Entertainment. The film, well photographed by Robert Elswit, has been returned to its original widescreen aspect ratio and features a clean and well-balanced audio transfer. The main DVD

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Famous for being one of the first mainstream feature films to detail lesbian romance in a completely positive light, Desert Hearts receives a solid DVD release from MGM Home Entertainment. The film, well photographed by Robert Elswit, has been returned to its original widescreen aspect ratio and features a clean and well-balanced audio transfer. The main DVD extra is a thoughtful commentary track from director Donna Deitch that is actually more engaging when delineating how hard the film was to finance and roll into production because of its subject matter. Desert Hearts is basically an old-fashioned love story well told in the traditional Hollywood style and this DVD lets modern viewers know how much has changed (and hasn't changed) since the movie's initial 1985 release.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Donna Deitch's debut film is the modest, appealing story of a romance between two seemingly mismatched women. Helen Shaver plays a university professor in her mid-thirties who becomes involved with a younger woman (Patrice Charbonneau) while staying in Reno for a divorce during the 1950s. Whether straight or gay, man or woman, the story of an uptight character letting go is so innately compelling that it's long been a staple of motion pictures. By setting her love story in such an unusual time and place, and shooting in relaxed master scenes, Deitch heightens the sense of the forbidden radiating from the intense, but slow-burning attraction of the two women. Given the mores of the time, the reluctance of Shaver's professor to be drawn into a new world of sexuality is completely believable, and typically, it's her character's resistance that makes the final scenes of lovemaking so hot. However, both characters are thinly written, with neither Shaver's long marriage or Charbonneau's existence as a gay woman in an unforgiving American West much explored. Still, both actresses give splendid performances, subtly expressing a passion the script only implies.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2001
UPC:
0027616857682
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Donna Deitch; Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen Shaver Vivian Bell
Patricia Charbonneau Cay Rivvers
Audra Lindley Frances Parker
Andra Akers Silver
Gwen Welles Gwen
Dean Butler Darell
Katie La Bourdette Lucille
James Staley Art Warner
Jeffrey Tambor Jerry
Antony Ponzini Joe Lorenzo
Alex McArthur Walter
Tyler Tyhurst Buck
Denise Crosby Pat
Tom Martin Red Cop
Donna Deitch Hungarian Gambler

Technical Credits
Donna Deitch Director,Producer
Linda M. Bass Costumes/Costume Designer
David Brisbin Production Designer
Natalie Cooper Screenwriter
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
Robert L. Estrin Editor
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Title/Credits [1:48]
2. God's backyard [3:56]
3. New home [3:25]
4. Silly women [6:42]
5. To be free [6:48]
6. Unrequited love [3:31]
7. Somebody that counts [4:59]
8. Confessions [4:38]
9. Unnatural acts [6:43]
10. Someone to love [12:04]
11. Together all alone [6:11]
12. Letting go [11:38]
13. Out of control [5:09]
14. String of lights [4:29]
15. Another 40 minutes [5:30]
16. End credits [3:15]

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Desert Hearts 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I happened upon this movie years ago and instantly fell in love with Pasty Cline! The soundtrack alone is enough reason to buy the movie. Some of the acting is a little stiff, but the characters are engaging, and the story is interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story happened to me, so I know how divorcee Vivian Bell felt. The story is a warm and realistic reproduction of life as it really exists. Its conclusion says that life can be enjoyed in more ways than one. Or as they say, dont knock it until you've tried it.
FNlucky More than 1 year ago
Desert Hearts was the first lesbian themed movie I ever watched. Fell in love with it right away. I recently bought it used from the company TwiceBooked. I recieved the DVD 2 days after I placed my order. It was in perfect condition. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for Excellent Service!!! Thanx, Alyssa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago