A World Without Brokeback Mountain?
I wish I could have joined the crowd that attended the screening of Brokeback Mountain and the Q&A that followed with director Lee and the film’s producer James Schamus at the LACMA last week. A friend of mine went and although it wasn’t her first experience with Brokeback on a big screen she said that the impact was powerful all the same and those who were clearly watching it for the first time she could tell by the way they gasped and sighed and ended up teary-eyed that they were deeply affected. In all honesty I can say that all the times I saw it at theaters I have felt the same gut punch. I know this time wouldn’t have been different.
I hoped more people – if not news websites – would have written about it afterwards but I just read that the Q&A bit was videoed and will soon be uploaded so at least on that front we’re covered. I’ll update this post with the link to it when it’s available.
In the meantime, have a look at this very interesting blog post about the event.
Ang Lee revealed something about himself…
But Lee was contemplating retirement after Hulk’s poor reception. Lee’s father had hoped his son would win an Oscar by 50 so “maybe you can think of doing something real.” Lee says he was perilously close to determining what his next stage of “doing something real” might be, until his dad gave him some unanticipated advice.
“For the first time in his life, he said: ‘Go ahead and make a movie,’ ” Lee says. “ ‘You’re only 49.’ ”
Lee’s father passed away two weeks later, which pushed the director to plunge into work, at the helm of Brokeback.
Even though he referred to himself as a “half-zombie” on the set, unable to fully grieve over his loss, Lee calls Brokeback Mountain “the easiest movie I’ve made,” adding that the film is “tragic, but it’s about love, and it nurtured me back from being wrecked.”
and with James Schamus he shared some trivia whilst reminding the audience that
[…] the romantic drama that starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as the iconic and clandestine cowboy lovers Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar, respectively, barely came to fruition.
Judging by the crowd’s enthusiastic reception, Brokeback Mountain is an ongoing happening that continues to open minds as it touches hearts.
I still shudder when I think about it. Seriously, a world without Brokeback Mountain?