Love and Death on Long Island


(out of 5)

 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.

United Kingdom/Canada1997

Directed by

Screenplay by Richard Kwietniowski, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 1997

Cannes Film Festival 1997

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New York Film Critics Award
Best First Film

National Board Of Review Award
Special Recognition, for excellence in filmmaking

British Academy Award
Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer

Boston Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actor (John Hurt)



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