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
By the 21st century U.S. standards of female height (ranging from 5'3" to 5'6"), Stein (5'1") and Toklas (4'11") were quite short for women, but for their time, Stein was of average female height for a woman born prior to 1900, and Toklas was only very slightly shorter than average. In the film, they are portrayed with a very noticeable height difference, with Linda Hunt being 4'9" (per Hunt's imdb profile) and Linda Bassett being at least 5'6". 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 »
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We saw this on public television and thought that it was an excellent portrayal of the relationship between these two fascinating women. They lived openly as a couple in a time when it was a good deal more dangerous and unusual to do so than now.
Linda Hunt as always is a riveting actress, and Alice B. Toklas may have been the more interesting member of the couple. I certainly wouldn't call Linda Bassett "starry-eyed" - she's as masculine, egotistical, and commanding a presence as she was described in real life. This production is fairly true to Gertrude's autobiography, which she published under Alice's name.
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