Love and Death on Long Island Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for Love and Death on Long Island the Movie

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Stuffy English author Giles De'Ath (Hurt), barely on speaking terms with the 20th century, wanders into the wrong theatre, encounters a teen exploitation flick and becomes obsessed with Ronnie Bostock (Priestley), one of the movie's "stars." De'Ath's obsession leads to his discovery of fan magazines, TV, and video, which provide some moments of amusement as he comes to grips with the technology. It also leads Giles to seek out Bostock at his home on Long Island, where Hurt shines as Giles tries to reconcile his dignity and increasingly irrational behavior. Priestley does a fine job lampooning his own image (while not exactly dispelling it), and the supporting characters (especially Chaykin's diner owner) are appropriately quirky. Subtle reworking of "Death in Venice," based on a novel by Gilbert Adair, has its moments, but is probably best enjoyed by the same type of people who would like De'Ath's books.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 93 minutes.
Originally from British, Canadian.

Cast and Crew

At the Movies, Obsessive Love, Repressed Men, London, Writers, Gays, At the Video Store
Richard Kwietniowski
John Hurt, Jason Priestley, Fiona Loewi, Sheila Hancock, Maury Chaykin, Gawn Grainger, Elizabeth Quinn
Oliver Curtis
Richard Kwietniowski
Richard Grassby-Lewis

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