Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

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My name is Gary and I'm a Brokaholic! I admit that this book was initially conceived out of an obsession with the film and for that it has been a hard book to write. When I told film studies colleagues that I was both overly affected by the material and intending to write about the film many took a sharp intake of breath as if to suggest that it was a terrible idea. I think the assumption here is that one is going to work out one's ‘issues’ through scholarship and that objectivity is going to be unquestionably compromised. However, this was not the response of colleagues from the queer studies community. As a matter of fact I was actively encouraged to undertake this project, since doing queer work is in itself a venture that has no fear of emotions, affects, subjective exploration and analysis. Emotional involvement apparently places theoretical objectivity on shaky ground but I would defend feeling as intrinsic not only to the experience of being queer, but also to the conduct of queer work.

Before I entered the theatre in January of 2006 for the first of many repeat viewings of Brokeback Mountain that month, I had few expectations that the film was going to be anything special. Prior to the film's release I was not convinced by the critical praise of the film's queer credentials and B. Ruby Rich's hyperbole that this was a going to be a film that would change our perception of cinema and film history let alone explode with new possibilities to rethink independent cinema, genre and gay spectatorship. I anticipated Brokeback Mountain being a good film, since Ang Lee is consistently dependable in terms of his craft, but I did not expect Brokeback Mountain to have a profoundly affective emotional impact. For a film about the closet and homosexual desire Brokeback Mountain did a good job in making apparent the often closeted and closeting nature of cinemagoing for gay and lesbian spectators. Brokeback Mountain contributes to thinking about the closet not only through the film's dramatisation of the closet, but in terms of how much . . .

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