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Waiting for the Moon 

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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Jill Godmilow

Writers:

Jill Godmilow (story), Mark Magill (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Hunt ... Alice B. Toklas
Linda Bassett ... Gertrude Stein
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... Guillaume Apollinaire
Andrew McCarthy ... Henry Hopper
Bernadette Lafont ... Fernande Olivier
Adolfo Vargas Adolfo Vargas ... Pablo Picasso (voice)
Pierre-Alain Chapuis Pierre-Alain Chapuis ... Priest
Daniel Langlet Daniel Langlet ... Monsieur Thiele
Michèle Gleizer Michèle Gleizer ... Madame Thiele (as Michèle Gleiser)
Bruce McGill ... Ernest Hemingway
K.C. Schulberg ... Stage Manager
Pascal Cambon Pascal Cambon ... Sound Effects Man
Liliane Rovère ... Bordello Madame (as Liliane Rovere)
Brigitte Bellac Brigitte Bellac ... Prostitute
Jean Achache Jean Achache ... Doctor
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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 trivwhiz

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PG
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Country:

UK | France | USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esperando a la Luna See more »

Filming Locations:

Nucourt, France See more »

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Gross USA:

$751,555
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Mono

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Color
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Trivia

In the last scene, the exchange between Stein and Toklas is a series of questions about questions and answers about answers. This is a reference to some of the last words spoken by Stein, who died at the age of 72 from stomach cancer on July 27, 1946. As Stein was being wheeled into the operating room for surgery on her stomach, she asked Toklas, "What is the answer?" Upon receiving no reply, Stein continued, "In that case, what is the question?" 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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Alice doesn't live here anymore....
27 December 1998 | by holefillSee all my reviews

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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