Wednesday, March 08, 2006

An artistic success that sucks as social comment?

'What do Gyllenhaal and others mean when they say the film is important socially? They're not talking about its depiction of US society in the 60s and 70s, which is fleeting and narrow. Most of the action takes place in the Mid-West and the love affair unfolds in isolation on and around the desolate Brokeback Mountain; in many ways, the film is set outside of society. Rather, they are talking about its social impact now, and their hopes that the movie will change 'social attitudes' among the apparently gay-unfriendly or even homophobic masses. Singing the praises of Brokeback Mountain has become a shortcut to demonstrating your superiority over a certain class of people. What they really mean is that this film means more to them as an effort in social engineering than it does as an artistic endeavour...' More


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