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Desert Hearts

Street Date:
November 14th, 2017
Movie Release Year:
1985
Studio:
Criterion
Length:
91 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Genres:

Drama, Romance

Starring:

Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley

Director:

Donna Deitch

Plot Synopsis:

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.

Technical Specs

  • Blu-ray

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.85:1

Audio Formats

  • English LPCM Mono

Supplements

  • 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
  • PLUS: An essay by critic B. Ruby Rich