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M2k
Apr 26th, 2005, 01:29 AM
As someone who was hoping for Brokeback Mountain to make a splash at Cannes, :sobbing: I'm so sad it didn't make the cut for that darn festival. :tape: I do hope Berlin or Toronto are more kind to this film * I do think it needs the buzz if it's to be a contender at the Oscars*


by Candace Moore, April 25, 2005

Last Tuesday, when the Cannes Film Festival released its final list of contenders for this year’s Palme d’Or, Ang Lee’s gay-themed Brokeback Mountain wasn’t on it.
The upcoming film about two young, rough-edged cowboys (played by heartthrobs Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal), who tumble into love while herding sheep through the crags of Wyoming’s Brokeback mountain during the early ‘60s, was excluded from the Cannes screening schedule altogether. Given Ang Lee’s charmed track history, including critically-acclaimed hits such as The Wedding Banquet, The Ice Storm, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the elimination of the Taiwanese director’s latest film from the running at Cannes is noteworthy, especially since the contenders this year are helmed overwhelmingly by independent cinema giants like Lars Von Trier, David Cronenberg, Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, and Gus Van Sant (who was originally slotted to direct Brokeback).

Exactly why the project didn’t measure up at Cannes remains unknown, but its exclusion didn't come as a big surprise--Variety reported two weeks earlier that Brokeback Mountain was “looking wobbly for Competition,” and confided that the film reportedly “underwhelmed the selection committee.”

The media was all a’ buzz when Focus Features announced in January 2004 that chiseled Aussie Heath Ledger and blue-eyed hottie Jake Gyllenhaal were signing on to play gay lovers in the adaptation of E. Annie Proulx’s explicit New Yorker short story. Casting had reportedly included consideration of other big names like Colin Farrell, Billy Crudup, and Josh Hartnett.

Both Gyllenhaal and Ledger were open about their willingness to play gay lovers Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal) and Ennis Del Mar (Ledger), cowboys who revisit their attraction over a period of twenty years as Twist becomes a known rodeo performer, and Del Mar remains a ranch hand.

Ledger told the BBC in March of last year: “What is it about wrangling Jake Gyllenhaal up in the mountains that frightens me? Just that! But it obviously doesn't scare me away because I'm doing it. Aren't we at the stage these days when it just doesn't ******* matter? It's a story of love and it's a story between two people. If people can't get over that and just accept it as a story, then that's their problem. I'm big enough and brave enough to do it."

Gyllenhaal’s take on Brokeback’s romantic element was a bit more personal. “It’s about how impossible love can be sometimes and I can relate to that," he told Canada's Calgary Sun. "I grew up in a family where many of our close friends were gay couples. As well as that, every man goes through a period of thinking they’re attracted to another guy.”
In 2004, Variety and The Advocate both published stories pondering whether playing gay had become not just acceptable, but even sought-after by A-listers, and whether Hollywood’s mainstream film industry was posed to undergo a similar queer representational revolution to the one we’ve seen happen on television over the past few years. David Rooney’s article “Film: It’s a Queer Eye for the Straight Thesp: Playing Gay Loses Stigma Among H’wood Actors,” published in last March’s issue of Variety, noted that “high-profile homosexual roles [are] being actively vied for by top talent,” mentioning Gyllenhaal and Ledger on a list of stars not afraid to play gay.

But Rooney also lamented that the fear of career suicide that keeps gay actors in the closet is far from over. Rooney quoted Kinsey’s director Bill Condon, explaining that “[t]he anxiety about coming out and losing parts because of it is still there, so it seems easier for undeniably heterosexual actors to play gay.” The Advocate’s September, 2004 article “The New Degaying of Hollywood,” admonished Lee among other directors, such as Andrew Davies and Oliver Stone for seeming to be “making gay movies without the ‘gay,’” downplaying male-male physical intimacy in films with queer content. Movies like De-Lovely and Alexander went on to do just that, with mixed success.

Is Brokeback making the same mistake? The answer seems to be no, as reports of steamy scenes of physical intimacy surfaced shortly after filming started. Gyllenhaal was quoted saying that Ledger nearly broke his nose while filming a kissing scene. "He grabs me and he slams me up against the wall and kisses me. And then I grab him and I slam him up against the wall and I kiss him. And we were doing take after take after take. I got the shit beat out of me.”

But will scenes like these make it into the film? In addition to cutting extraneous goodies like full frontal shots of Ledger’s jump into a lake, it has been suggested that Lee has cut some of the love scenes central to the prose version of the story’s plot, as well. Producer James Schamus told the Calgary Sun that the sexual aspect of the film’s content would be “modest” and geared towards viewers who enjoyed “romance.” Furthermore, Schamus said “there won’t even be any (explicit scenes) to show up on the DVD.”

Gyllenhaal remarked to the Malaysian Star that “clearly it’s pretty challenging material, but Ang said two men herding sheep was far more sexual than two men having sex on screen.” Perhaps the onscreen erotic punch of sheep herding just didn’t translate well to the Cannes judges; perhaps Brokeback, though based on a story all about heat, ends up lukewarm.

But confidential sources close to the film say gay viewers have nothing to worry about. "There are absolutely scenes of lovemaking between two men," reports our source, who has seen the film and says many studio executives were "moved to tears" at a recent screening of it. "It's a great American love story," says the source, and unabashed about the gay relationship that is central to the film.

Cannes has also never accepted a film of Lee's for competition, and reportedly don't particularly like him. So the film's rejection from the lineup may have nothing to do with the movie itself and everything to do with who's directing it.

Will Brokeback be bold enough to satisfy the gay community? Does that even matter, given that the subject matter itself is so ground-breaking? American audiences will have the chance to judge for themselves when the film hits theaters in December.


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decemberlove
Apr 26th, 2005, 03:11 AM
Cannes has also never accepted a film of Lee's for competition, and reportedly don't particularly like him. So the film's rejection from the lineup may have nothing to do with the movie itself and everything to do with who's directing it.

i hate when writers don't do their research...

ang lee's the ice storm won for best screenplay, and was nominated for the golden palm in 1997.

cannes is overrated, anyway.

fahrenheit 911 was one of the worst documentaries i saw last year.

i believe they rejected lost in translation and million dollar baby, and look at how well they both did. it means fucking nothing.

propi
Apr 26th, 2005, 08:40 AM
cannes is overrated, anyway.



Can't agree more... give me Berlin or Venezia any day :worship:

kabuki
Apr 26th, 2005, 12:52 PM
:hearts: Jake & Heath :hearts:

No hot cut scenes for the DVD??? :sad:

ginger_fish668
Apr 26th, 2005, 01:45 PM
I think Ang Lee's a great director. And I'm really looking foward to this film. And I agree that Cannes is overated. :)

kabuki
Apr 26th, 2005, 01:46 PM
I think Ang Lee's a great director. And I'm really looking foward to this film. And I agree that Cannes is overated. :)

Did you see The Hulk? :unsure: :lol:

ginger_fish668
Apr 26th, 2005, 02:32 PM
Did you see The Hulk? :unsure: :lol:


:lol: :devil:

Yes, and I did think it sucked. But I've also seen Eat Drink Man Woman, The Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger, The Wedding Banquet and Sense and Sensibility. Have you seen all these? ;)

Every director's allowed a couple of flops. :) :p

kabuki
Apr 26th, 2005, 02:44 PM
:lol: :devil:

Yes, and I did think it sucked. But I've also seen Eat Drink Man Woman, The Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger, The Wedding Banquet and Sense and Sensibility. Have you seen all these? ;)

Every director's allowed a couple of flops. :) :p

Seen all of them. I'm actually a big fan. Even The Hulk wasn't THAT bad. :lol:

ginger_fish668
Apr 26th, 2005, 02:50 PM
Seen all of them. I'm actually a big fan. Even The Hulk wasn't THAT bad. :lol:


I knew you were kidding. ;) But I did find the Hulk stupid compared withe the other comic book adaptions like X-men and Spiderman.

kabuki
Apr 26th, 2005, 02:59 PM
I knew you were kidding. ;) But I did find the Hulk stupid compared withe the other comic book adaptions like X-men and Spiderman.

Did you see Daredevil and Elektra? :unsure: :lol:

Even more terrifying is the upcoming Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage) :scared:

ginger_fish668
Apr 26th, 2005, 03:07 PM
Did you see Daredevil and Elektra? :unsure: :lol:

Even more terrifying is the upcoming Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage) :scared:


Ok, I'll give you Daredevil and Elektra. I havn't actually seen Eletra though. The scars that were caused by that atrocious excuse of a movie Daredevil are only just healing. :eek: I just don't think I could bear watching Elektra. ;)

M2k
Apr 26th, 2005, 06:19 PM
i hate when writers don't do their research...

ang lee's the ice storm won for best screenplay, and was nominated for the golden palm in 1997.

cannes is overrated, anyway.

fahrenheit 911 was one of the worst documentaries i saw last year.

i believe they rejected lost in translation and million dollar baby, and look at how well they both did. it means fucking nothing.

I always thought the MDB rejection was only a rumor :confused: that film was not put together until late Summer. *which means it couldn't have been submitted to Cannes* Vera Dake was rejected last year though. Anyway, Brokeback Mountain will probably play in Berlin or Toronto. I just want an early review Damn it! ---> :lol: I'm just so exited about the great buzz Brokeback Mountain, The Dying Gaul (http://imdb.com/title/tt0384929/), and even the dark Mysterious Skin (http://imdb.com/title/tt0370986/) are creating... may I dare say possible Oscar nominations in the future:worship:


Kabuki: I was also :banghead: @ James Schamus. Somehow I think he'll change his mind and problably include an Unrated version as well---> :devil:

decemberlove
Apr 27th, 2005, 07:33 PM
I always thought the MDB rejection was only a rumor :confused: that film was not put together until late Summer. *which means it couldn't have been submitted to Cannes* Vera Dake was rejected last year though. Anyway, Brokeback Mountain will probably play in Berlin or Toronto. I just want an early review Damn it! ---> :lol: I'm just so exited about the great buzz Brokeback Mountain, The Dying Gaul (http://imdb.com/title/tt0384929/), and even the dark Mysterious Skin (http://imdb.com/title/tt0370986/) are creating... may I dare say possible Oscar nominations in the future:worship:


Kabuki: I was also :banghead: @ James Schamus. Somehow I think he'll change his mind and problably include an Unrated version as well---> :devil:

i'll take your word for it. that's why i said "i believe" cos i wasn't 100% sure :)

Cosmopolitan
Apr 27th, 2005, 10:17 PM
Pfff, Whatever Cannes!

M2k
Apr 28th, 2005, 08:46 PM
BBM pics :
http://www.heathbaby.com/images/data/thumbnails/276/bm000.jpg http://www.heathbaby.com/images/data/thumbnails/276/bm008.jpg http://www.heathbaby.com/images/data/thumbnails/276/bm007.jpg http://www.heathbaby.com/images/data/thumbnails/277/bm-bts015.jpg

If anyone is interested in reading this wonderful short story they have a link in IMD or if laziness is too much ;) I'll post it later tomorrow~

btw other movies to look forward to are :


Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray with David Gallagher as Dorian & Diego Luna as Basil. :hearts:

Gilgamesh which I hope does better than Alexander in regards to the man-man relationship, though after reading IMD I'm not so sure it will :sobbing: :p :

" Gilgamesh's central premise is love- both platonic love between man and man, and sensual love between man and woman. It is about love and loss. Gilgamesh mediates on Life, Death and Afterlife: It is man's first recorded quest for Immortality"