Desert Hearts

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Film:

Desert Hearts

Showtimes:

Sunday Aug 20 04:00 PM

Location:

Doris Duke Theatre

Price:

Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


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About the Film:

Directed by Donna Deitch. USA. 1985. 96 min.

Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first film, Desert Hearts, was groundbreaking upon its 1986 release: a love story about two women, produced and directed 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 the breathtaking desert landscape. With smoldering 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.

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