American Playhouse: Season 6, Episode 11

Waiting for the Moon (15 Jun. 1987)

TV Episode  |  PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama
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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, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Boudet ...
Henry Hopper
Adolfo Vargas ...
Pablo Picasso (voice)
Pierre-Alain Chapuis ...
Daniel Langlet ...
Monsieur Thiele
Michèle Gleizer ...
Madame Thiele (as Michèle Gleiser)
Stage Manager
Pascal Cambon ...
Sound Effects Man
Liliane Rovère ...
Bordello Madame (as Liliane Rovere)
Brigitte Bellac ...
Jean Achache ...


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 trivwhiz

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15 June 1987 (USA)  »

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$751,555 (USA)

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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 »

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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 »

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One of the greatest "small" films I've ever watched and re-watched
28 July 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

What a gem this is. Out of the blue, a perfect partnership between Linda Hunt as Alice B. Toklas, and the far too underrated Linda Basset as Gertrude Stein. Watching this film is like a dream, and you completely suspend disbelief about some (deliberate) anachronisms. I have watched this so many times and cannot be bored. As well as being visually beautiful and intellectually witty, the two woman spar and jostle, sometimes angrily, for room in their relationship. But their love, devotion, and admiration for each other never wavers. Quite amazing. I am so glad that the DVD release offers a thorough commentary by Jill Godmilow the director --- we discover that Jacques Boudet's charming-cute diction as Appollinaire stems from the fact that he understands no English and learned his scripted lines phonetically!). The only negative: the soundtrack for some outdoor scenes is unclear. 10 out of 10. I will watch this lovely contemplation of Alice and Gretrude all my life.

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