Desert Hearts

Desert Hearts

Helen Shaver
Director: Donna Deitch Cast: Helen Shaver
Helen Shaver
, Patricia Charbonneau
Patricia Charbonneau
, Audra Lindley
Audra Lindley
Donna Deitch

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2017
UPC: 0715515205917
Original Release: 1985
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Color]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 14,323

Special Features

New, restored 4k digital transfer, supervised by Director of Photography Robert Elswit with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio Commentary from 2007 featuring Director Donna Deitch; New conversation between Deitch and actor Jane Lynch; New interviews with actors Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau; Remembering Reno, a new program featuring Deitch, Elswit, and Production Designer Jeannine Oppewall; 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; Plus: An essay by critic B. Ruby Rich

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
Cami Taylor Co-producer

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