Film & Discussion: Brokeback Mountain
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Film Series: New Westerns
This semester’s film series explores what is often regarded the most American of all film genres: The Western. Moving beyond the classical Western formula, we will focus on two of its most prominent variations: Revisionist Westerns and Neo-Westerns. The first three films in the series belong to the former category; they question the mythical version of the Old West and try to paint a more ‘realistic’ image. The other three films can be classified as Neo-Westerns which use (and also revise) the established formula but locate their story within a contemporary setting. Come out: watch, explore and discuss.
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Brokeback Mountain (2005, Regie: Ang Lee), FSK 12, 134 Min., OV (Dr. Katharina Gerund)
Based on Annie Proulx’s short story of the same title, Brokeback Mountain is both an epic neo-western as well as a romantic drama. Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) fall in love when they are herding sheep in Wyoming. However, in the social climate of 1960s rural America, they have to hide their relationship and conceal their identities as gay men. The film follows Ennis and Jack’s tragic love story through the years. It reveals how they struggle to conform to hegemonic models of masculinity and to the normative social order in the American West. Yet, it also shows, how they cannot deny completely who they are and what they feel for each other...