Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Waiting for the Moon|
Actors: Linda Hunt, Linda Bassett, Jacques Boudet, Pierre-Alain Chapuis, Bernadette Lafont
Director: Jill Godmilow
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
This smartly written drama based on the relationship between literary maven Gertrude Stein and her companion Alice B. Toklas is more of an imaginary portrait than a docudrama. The story is derived from impressions filmmake... more »
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Paris fan | San Francisco, CA | 11/15/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though this film has been criticized for some historical inaccuracies, overall it gives a very good feeling for the period and the relationships between some of the most famous writers and artists of the 20th century. Linda Hunt's portrayal of Alice B. Toklas is flawless, as are some of the scenes between her and Stein. It is almost as if you are "a fly on the wall", ease-dropping on two icons of "the lost generation."
The settings are superb and the opening scene of Stein and Toklas proof-reading one of Stein's books is amazing!
A must for anyone interested in the literature and art of the 1920s and 1930s.
Also the interview with the director on the DVD version provides some fascinating insights into how the script was developed as well as how the movie was cast and made.
A must-have for anyone interested in this literary period!"
One of my all time favorites
Deborah A. Smith | cleveland heights, ohio | 04/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been waiting seemingly forever for this to come out on DVD. I taped it from public television years ago and the tape is well-worn to the point of disintegrating.
The settings are lushly beautiful and I can't wait to see them on DVD instead of a grainy tape. Linda Basset and Linda Hunt are captivating and you actually feel as if you have met Gertrude and Alice. It inspired me to visit their gravesite in Pere Lachaise in Paris.
Yes it is slow. Slow and luxuriant, like the summer evenings it portrays. Enjoy!"
Waiting for the DVD
Renate Walder | Uppsala, Sweden | 03/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At last! For years I've been checking regularly to see whether "Waiting for the Moon" would show up on DVD. I'm so pleased that it's finally available. This is such a wonderful film. I remember setting my VCR to tape it when it was shown on TV one late evening ages ago. I'm glad that I have it on tape, because I've watched it countless times since then. I wanted to see this film because of Linda Hunt, but I love it because of Linda Bassett. Forget about the historical inaccuracies. The filmmakers are playing with the facts and having a great time doing it. Look at it as Getrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas living in an alternate universe, where they adopt a baby and have a car named "Priscilla".
It's all about the relationship between these two clever and eloquent women who cannot find a way to talk about the fact that Getrude is ill and might be dying, and how they finally come to terms with their differences. The look on Linda Bassett's face before she says "I'm sorry, that's the way I am" at the film's climax touched med more than a thousand tearful outbursts in "bigger" films.
I love this film to bits. I hope many more will discover it and take it to their hearts."
Well worth waiting with Linda and Linda!
Paris fan | San Francisco, CA | 02/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"2007 was the 100th anniversary of when Gertrude met Alice, so what better reason to get this DVD! When this movie came out almost 20 years ago, it was criticized by some as moving too slowly and by others for its historical inaccuracies. But when you've seen it more than once, what is most fascinating about it is how Linda Hunt as Alice B. Toklas and Linda Bassett as Gertrude Stein really make you believe that you're a fly on the wall in both their Paris apartment and their home in the country. The proof-reading scene at the beginning of the movie is among the best movie scenes I've ever seen because of how it draws you in to the amazing relationship of these icons of the 20th century. The director's interview on the DVD has a fascinating discussion about how this scene was filmed! And by the second scene, (though here there is a MAJOR historic error: Alice reads a letter from her sister?! She only had 1 brother), set in their apartment on rue de Fleurus, you may be hooked as you glance around the room feeling as if you're an invited guest in one of the world's most famous salons!
It took awhile for this film to come out on DVD, but the colorful settings and colorful characters are now even more vibrant than before!"