Discuss Brokeback Mountain as a Revisionist Western

| February 9, 2014

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In a close reading, discuss how the film you’ve chosen has updated and revived the tropes, conventions, motifs, characters and settings of the western to make them relevant and contemporary. • How is it similar to traditional Western films? How is it different? • How is the trope of the westerner reconfigured? • Is it successful as a contemporary film? If so, explain why? If not, explain why? • Does it reference other westerns? If so, how and to what ends? • Are the gender or race relations significant? focus on the film’s interpretation of the Western Hero citing this book: http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=the+invention+of+the+western+film&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 and Laura Mulvey’s Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema also this book: http://books.google.com/books?id=cLaUWyO7CREC&printsec=frontcover&dq=six+gun+mystique&hl=en#v=onepage&q=six%20gun%20mystique&f=false use multiple other sources that reference Brokeback mountain directly. please do not say anything in the introduction like “this paper will address” or “i will discuss”
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The film Brokeback Mountain released on 2005, directed by Ang Lee and starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal is a story about two a ranch man and a rodeo cowboy who met in work in the highlands of Wyoming and unexpectedly formed a special bond that they both carried with them in the remaining years of their lives. At the date of its production, it was surrounded by much hype purportedly primarily caused by its controversial homosexual content involving the two lead characters, Ennis Delmar (Ledger) and Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal). The movie features a few love scenes, including a kissing scene between Ledger and Gyllenhaal which unsurprisingly caught the attention, if not the criticism, of many people. The viewers, from renowned film critics to ordinary citizens all over the world were inevitable caught between the two poles of reactions that can be made from the somewhat direct tackling of a mainstream movie on the phenomenon of homosexuality. Most of the reviews the film receives center its attention on the film’s ???frank depiction of homosexuality??? but not all, in fact actually only a number of reviews gave an obvious judgment on the film’s content itself, and not yet on the way this topic has been delivered
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