Episode 60: Donna Deitch’s Desert Hearts (1985)

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In this episode, I explore Donna Deitch’s 1985 cult classic, “Desert Hearts.” It’s about Vivian Bell, who travels to Reno, Nevada in 1959 to get a quickie divorce. While she stays at a ranch for six weeks, she meets the vivacious Cay Rivvers, and the two women fall in love. “Desert Hearts” was one of the first films to represent a lesbian relationship without it ending in tragedy or suicide.


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