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Desert Hearts

Donna Deitch

 
Desert Hearts (Criterion Blu-Ray)

14 Nov 2017

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1985
  • 91 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #902

Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first narrative feature, Desert Hearts, was groundbreaking upon its release in 1985: a love story about two women, made entirely independently, on a shoestring budget, by a woman. In this 1959-set film, adapted from 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 free-spirited young 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.

Cast

Credits

DirectorDonna Deitch
Produced byDonna Deitch
Coproduced byCami Taylor
Screenplay byNatalie Cooper
Adapted from the novel Desert of the Heart byJane Rule
Director of photographyRobert Elswit
Production designerJeannine Oppewall
Edited byRobert Estrin

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Robert Elswit and created by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and the Sundance Institute, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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

Film Essays

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Desert Hearts: The Thrill of It All

By B. Ruby Rich November 14, 2017

Donna Deitch combined tropes of lesbian pulp romance with the sheen of mainstream filmmaking in her beloved debut feature.
Read more »

Video

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Donna Deitch and Jane Lynch on the Mysteries of Screen Chemistry

November 20, 2017

Director Donna Deitch shares her stories of casting and directing Desert Hearts with one of the film’s biggest fans, Jane Lynch. Read more »


Film Essays

Current_deserthearts1_thumbnail

Desert Hearts: The Thrill of It All

By B. Ruby Rich November 14, 2017

Donna Deitch combined tropes of lesbian pulp romance with the sheen of mainstream filmmaking in her beloved debut feature.
Read more »

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Desert Hearts (Criterion DVD)

14 Nov 2017

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1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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