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Brokeback Mountain

Gary Needham


Upon its release in 2005, Brokeback Mountain became a major cultural event and a milestone in independent American filmmaking. Based on the short story by Annie Proulx and directed by Ang Lee, it situated a love story between two closeted cowboys at the heart of American mythology, film spectatorship, and genre. Brokeback Mountain offered an independent and queer revision of the conventions and clichés of the Western and the melodrama through a studied exploration of homophobia and the closet. This book examines the film in relation to indie cinema, genre, spectatorship, editing and homosexual ... More

Keywords: Brokeback Mountain, independent filmmaking, Annie Proulx, Ang Lee, love story, cowboys, Western, melodrama, homophobia, queer theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748633821
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Needham, author