Why Brokeback Mountain matters

Thanks, Michael, for the article in the New York Review of Books (Volume 53, Number 3, February 23, 2006), where this quote came:

“Both narratively and visually, Brokeback Mountain is a tragedy about the specifically gay phenomenon of the “closet” — about the disastrous emotional and moral consequences of erotic self-repression and of the social intolerance that first causes and then exacerbates it.”

This really sums up the movie well, although the article goes on to use terrible terms like “universal love story” and other such meaningless phrases. This quote really captures why Brokeback Mountain is so important a film – because it gets at the heart of the problem of the moral crusade that has festered in this country since the Puritans, and which Bush II is currently revving up.

On a related note, could someone tell me how a pencil that says “WESTERN COWBOYS” on it in gold, capitalized letters found its way onto my desk at work?


~ by realsupergirl on March 17, 2006.

One Response to “Why Brokeback Mountain matters”

  1. I agree with you about the film. I felt like it was about the fact that a gay man in that time and place had no good choices for happiness. –TRP

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