Do you think Brokeback Mountain could have been made with two less appealing actors? I’m not saying they had to be Steve Buschemi or Joseph Fiennes ugly (perhaps a personal bias), but to pick the two most attractive up-and-coming young actors in Hollywood to portray such hardcore scenes seems far too obvious. Those were some great performances, but I really don’t think audiences would have flocked to Clint Howard like they did to see some bare Gyllenhaul ass.
I remember when that movie came out I was calling it porn for women. Didn’t really work that way, did it?
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I was watching Brokeback today for the first time since opening weekend and I was very impressed. A nice mixture of melodrama and the western without glossing over anything Hollywood style. I read an article in Film Comment about how this film is actually detrimental to the themes it is trying to bring out because of the slick craft involved. Essentially, D.A. Miller’s argument suggests that this is a case of objectifying The Homosexual for the purpose of assuaging liberal guilt (I think…the language was pretty convoluted).
But, it seems to me that using such handsome fellas and then surprising everyone with a pretty graphic scene and no foreplay is an effort to avoid that kind of objectification.
I don’t know…just thinking. Also, I wanted an excuse to put some nice pictures up…to gaze at.