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Desert Hearts

February 4 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

$10

UCLA Film & Television Archive presents What a Difference: Women and Film in the 1970s and 1980s.

Desert Hearts (1985)
Directed by Donna Deitch

Based on Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian romance between libertine casino worker Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau) and repressed university professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) in Reno, Nevada in the late 1950s, a climate wherein being queer was…complicated. Landmark in its positive portrayal of sapphic romance and celebrated for its passionate, sensual bedroom scenes that nearly fog the camera’s lens, Deitch’s vision for Cay and Vivian’s nuanced onscreen relationship explores the tension inherent in a sheltered woman accepting her newfound sexual self.

Desert Hearts has been digitally restored by The Criterion Collection/Janus Films and UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and Sundance Institute.

Production: Desert Hearts Productions. Distribution: Criterion. Producer: Donna Deitch. Based on the novel by Jane Rule. Screenwriter: Natalie Cooper. Cinematographer: Robert Elswit. Production Design: Jeannine Oppewall. Editor: Robert Estrin. With: Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers, Gwen Welles.

DCP, color, sound, 96 min.

Preceded by:

She Was a Visitor (1970)
16mm, 3 min.; Dir. Donna Deitch

Berkeley 12 to 1 (1968)
16mm, 4 min.; Dir. Donna Deitch

Memorabilia (1969)
16mm, 4 min.; Dir. Donna Deitch

IN PERSON: Donna Deitch

FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.

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Date:
February 4
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Cost:
$10
Event Category:
Website:
http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2017/02/04/desert-hearts

Venue

Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
Website:
http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/billy-wilder-theater

Organizer

UCLA Film & Television Archive
Website:
http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/