Love and Death on Long Island (1997)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom/Canada1997.  Arts Council of England, British Broadcasting Corporation, British Screen Productions, Mikado Film, Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation, Skyline Films, The Sales Company, Téléfilm Canada, imX Communications.  Screenplay by Richard Kwietniowski, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 1997.  

John Hurt plays a snobby, reclusive British academic who refuses to embrace modern technology until one day he decides that the new film adaptation of an E.M. Forster novel is worth going to see. Upon sitting down in his cinema seat, he soon realizes that he has walked into the wrong film and instead sees a terrible teen comedy starring a heartthrob superstar () upon whom Hurt develops a devastating infatuation. Flying over to Long Island, New York where the young hunk lives, Hurt befriends Priestley and his girlfriend () until the climactic moment when he finally reveals his true feelings for him and risks losing everything, including his self-respect. Richard Kwietniowski’s directorial debut is a poignant and humorous look at inexplicably obsessive love, featuring fine performances (especially a surprisingly complex Priestley) and a witty script.

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