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Sequel planned for iconic Desert Hearts movie

Fri 9 Dec 2016 In: International News View at Wayback View at NDHA

The first movie in which the lesbian characters didn't die or come to a bad end looks set to have a sequel. Desert Hearts, an iconic movie filmed in the mid-1980s but set in 1950s USA, tells the story of a buttoned-up New York City university professor, Vivian, who, while in the process of divorcing her husband, meets a free-spirited country and western-loving lesbian, Cay. The increasingly close relationship between the pair is beset with difficulties, especially due to their different personalities and lives. The end of the film leaves it open as to whether, as Vivian is heading back to New York, Cay will follow her. The film's director, Donna Deitch, has announced she is fundraising to make a sequel but all she will say of the plot is that it will be set in New York. Speaking at a screening of the movie at New York's Museum of Modern Art, Deitch has recalled the difficulties of getting Desert Hearts financed in the 1980s and how she was helped by the likes of Lily Tomlin and Gloria Steinem.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Friday, 9th December 2016 - 11:17am

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