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Brokeback Mountain


Dir. Ang Lee. 2005, 134 mins. 35mm. With Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams. Ang Lee won the Academy Award for Best Director for this groundbreaking blockbuster about the secret romance between two cowboys in Wyoming, adapted from Annie Proulx’s celebrated short story. Heralded as a twist on the American western, Brokeback Mountain is perhaps even more resonant as a contemporary American melodrama, in its nearly Sirkian take on the tragic love between two men and the social strictures that keep it taboo. 

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