Lesbian films 1990

Portrait of a Marriage (1990)

Portrait of a Marriage is a British period drama conseived as a television miniseries of four episodes, each one considered as feature-length films. The complete work last 212 minutes in total. The story is based on the eponym novel of Nigel Nicolson. This is a melodrama detailing the real-life love affair between feminist writer Vita Sackville-West and novelist Violet Keppel against the backdrop of post-World War I England and opposition by Vita’s politician husband Harold Nicolson. Vita and Violet’s romantic relationship becomes increasingly obsessive which spawns destructive feelings of possessiveness and jealousy between them. The protagonists are potrayed by Janet McTeer, Harold Nicolson and Cathryn Harrison.

Lesbian films 1985

Desert Hearts (1985)

It is 1950s Nevada, and Professor Vivian Bell arrives to get a divorce. She’s unsatisfied with her marriage, and feels out of place at the ranch she stays on, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Cay Rivers, an open and self-assured lesbian, and the ranchowner’s daughter. The emotions released by their developing intimacy, and Vivian’s insecurities about her feelings towards Cay, are played out against a backdrop of rocky landscapes and country and western songs.

Lesbian films 1983

Lianna (1983)

This film is a lesbian-themed romance, a sapphic drama written and directed by John Sayles. Lianna and her husband Dick have been married for a few years but the marriage isn’t a happy one, since Dick treats her with arrogance. One day Lianna falls in love – with Ruth, a teacher. The people who know them act different: her husband with feelings of sexual betrayal, her children with curiosity and Lianna’s friends with ambivalence. Ruth and Lianna are portrayed by Jane Hallaren and Linda Griffiths. The clip shown below serves as a trailer.