Article Title:Brokeback Mountain - channelling Dolly and Bette
Category:Movies
Author or Credit:Buffy and Bimbo
Published on:9th February 2006 - 12:00 pm
Published by:GayNZ.com
Story ID:1111
Text:A treasured moment amongst many here in London was to view an advance screening of Brokeback Mountain, the most beautiful romance story told since Romeo and Juliet... however this is not about family rivalry but social prejudice. Please don't just think it's another 'gay' film where boy meets boy, they full in love and then they split in some dramatic fashion, although that is exactly what the film is about. But the intensity of the relationship, the strength of the romance, the cinematography and the underlying story will take you on a truly emotional journey. Take your tissues boys and girls. The two cowboys Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. There have been so-called 'gay' movies made in the past that celebrated homosexual lifestyles, revelled in gay relationships and forwarded the cause in plainly rhetorical terms, but director Ang Lee's film is not one of those. Rather, the director tells a story about two people who have found love, but don't know what to do or how to deal with it, which is something that anyone gay or straight once did, does, or will eventually deal with in their lives. This quote was one we saw which summed things up nicely: "So as a treatise on the idea that we often find solace, comfort, and sometimes enlightenment in the most unexpected places, even if it accomplishes nothing else, Brokeback Mountain offers a long-overdue road map into territory often traversed but seldom properly documented - namely, the human heart." That was Todd Gilchrist, of Film Force's take on it. In particular we were very taken with Jack Twist's (Jake Gyllenhall) wife as played by Anne Hathaway. We could relate to this character through her stylish make-up and dress sense. Is she a cross between Dolly and Bette with a splattering of Bimbo, maybe you need to see the film to make a call on this one? Browkebroke Mountain is winner of: Best Film, Director - LA Film Critics; Best Actor (Ledger), Director, Film - NY Film Critics; Golden Lion - Venice Film Festival amongst many others. Nominated for Best Director, Film (Drama), Score, Actor (Ledger), Actress (Williams), Screenplay - Golden Globes. Buffy and Bimbo - 9th February 2006    
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