American Playhouse (1993)





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Made for PBS' American Playhouse , Surviving Desire is a very short romantic comedy starring Martin Donovan and Mary Ward. He's an uninspired college literature professor. She's a kooky student, and the only member of Donovan's class who doesn't doze off during his lectures. The comedy relies upon the inevitable pairing of two vague, aimless, but very recognizable campus types. The videocassette version of Surving Desire is filled out with two other short subjects directed by Hal Hartley.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Hal Hartley
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On DVD: Apr 9, 2002
Wellspring Media Inc.

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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Time Out
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The filmmaker's usual droll humor.

Full Review… | May 29, 2010
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I really like the cafe scene when Martin Donovan's character knocks over the table. It is really insightful about relationships, communication, and suffering. Yep.

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