Sundance prizewinner. Fictionalized portrait of one of history's great literary couples: Stein & Toklas. Summer 1930s France, Alice tends to ailing Gertrude; they visit Fernande Olivier, ...
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Sundance prizewinner. Fictionalized portrait of one of history's great literary couples: Stein & Toklas. Summer 1930s France, Alice tends to ailing Gertrude; they visit Fernande Olivier, Guillaume Apollinaire, others; and Hemingway pops in.Written by
Guillaume Apollinaire was a real person, and a real life dear friend of Stein and Toklas. He was referenced by two characters in the film, the fictitious Henry Hopper, portrayed by Andrew McCarthy, who was revealed to have been badly injured by shrapnel in the Spanish Civil War, and "not expected to survive," and the character of Guillaume Apollinaire, portrayed by Jacques Boudet, who dies near the end of the film, sometime during the Spanish Civil War (July 17, 1936 - April 1, 1939). In reality, Guillaume Apollinaire was wounded by Shrapnel in 1916, during World War I, never fully recovered from his injuries, and in his weakened state, died in the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918. See more »
This is a fictional film inspired by the lives of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. The events depicted are not intended to be and should not be accepted as factual. See more »
The richness and romance of the lives of Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein is poorly and bitterly portrayed in Waiting For The Moon. It is no wonder that the video went out-of-print before the ink was dried on the boxes.
The stately and mannish Gertrude is played by a pretty and starry-eyed Linda Bassett. Alice, her demure and gypsy-like lover and secretary, is played by a sharp-tongued, tantrum-throwing Linda Hunt - looking more like Gertrude's grandmother than her paramour.
This is not a happy film, although its intention may be otherwise, and for Stein-aholics and Toklas-aphiles it is a huge disappointment. One of the most beautiful romances of this century deserves a portrayal better than this.
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