Surviving Desire + The Book of Life
DIRECTOR: HAL HARTLEY
CAST: MARTIN DONOVAN, MARY WARD, PJ HARVEY
Dostoevsky-obsessed lit lecturer Martin Donovan becomes consumingly infatuated with one of his students (Mary Ward) in Hartley’s experimental film musical, which features some of the writer-director-composer’s most piquant and grandiloquent dialogues on the topics of love and ambition, and lends a cool beauty to its small- town university setting. With pop musical The Book of Life, Hartley’s first DV film, featuring Donovan as the resurrected Christ returned to earth via JFK airport on the eve of the new millennium, and PJ Harvey as his assistant, Mary Magdalene.