An arresting drama about the budding romance between two very different women, Donna Deitch’s 1985 feature debut Desert Hearts endures as a pioneering work of American independent film, defying the conventions of mainstream cinema by depicting queer love in an optimistic light. One of the most remarkable aspects of the film is the palpable connection between the two leads, which Deitch worked hard to bring to the fore at every stage of the production. In a supplement for our new release of the film, Deitch discusses this process with one of the film’s greatest admirers, actor Jane Lynch. Take a peek at a few minutes of their conversation above.
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