I have a string of lights around my heart


I don’t know where I’ve been, but I just read that one of my favorite lesbian films, Desert Hearts, is coming out with a “Two-Disc Vintage Collection” on June 5, 2007.

The new release will contain never-before-seen footage of one of the best love scenes ever captured on film, new commentary by lesbian director Donna Deitch, and new interviews with Deitch and stars Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau.

Desert Hearts is the classic, top-grossing film of all-time that’s for lesbians, by lesbians, about lesbians, and based on a book by — guess what? — a lesbian (Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule.) Top that.

At the end of the movie (and what a great ending it is — not only does no one die or end up miserable, but a happy ending is also strongly implied, if not blatantly depicted), those crazy-in-love kids Vivian and Cay head east together. I’m waiting for the sequel showing Vivian and Cay back in New York City, where their love is tested when they meet some of Vivian’s “college type” friends or something.

I don’t know. Is a sequel a good idea, or should we not mess with perfection?

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