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Brokeback Mountain

Author: Gary Needham   Series: American Indies

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An innovative study of the successful indie film Brokeback Mountain.

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An innovative study of the successful indie film Brokeback Mountain.

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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, Brokeback Mountain 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 cliches of the western and the melodrama through a studied exploration of homophobia and the closet. This book examines Brokeback Mountain in relation to indie cinema, genre, spectatorship, editing, and homosexuality. In doing so it brings film studies and queer theory into dialogue with one another and explains the importance of Brokeback Mountain as both a contemporary independent and queer film. Key Features " Provides an overview of Focus Features as a hybrid company operating across both the mainstream and independent cinema sectors. " Analyses Brokeback Mountain as a Western and places it within an enduring historical and cultural context of relations between homosexuality and the genre." Analyses Brokeback Mountain as a melodrama examining the film's relationship to concepts of pathos, backward feeling and passivity. " Proposes a new way of thinking about gay spectatorship that takes into account how editing and cruising relate to one another.

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Critic Reviews

“This is an attractive volume with an appealing cover and high production values. It offers”

-- Sandra Burr M/C - Media and Culture The role of this series is significant in adding to the discourse in circulation. -- Rona Murray, De Montfoprt University New Review of Film and Television Studies The role of this series is significant in adding to the discourse in circulation.

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About the Author

Gary Needham is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, Nottingham Trent University

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American IndiesSeries Editors: Gary Needham and Yannis TzioumakisThis series of books covers contemporary American films that have found commercial success but which have not been constrained by the formal and ideological parameters often associated with mainstream Hollywood cinema. Each volume explores a specific film and combines innovative and original research with clearly defined classroom-orientated frameworks of film analysis.Brokeback MountainGary NeedhamUpon 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, Brokeback Mountain 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 clich

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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, Brokeback Mountain 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 clichs of the western and the melodrama through a studied exploration of homophobia and the closet. This book examines Brokeback Mountain in relation to indie cinema, genre, spectatorship, editing, and homosexuality. In doing so it brings film studies and queer theory into dialogue with one another and explains the importance of Brokeback Mountain as both a contemporary independent and queer film. Key Features" Provides an overview of Focus Features as a hybrid company operating across both the mainstream and independent cinema sectors. " Analyses Brokeback Mountain as a Western and places it within an enduring historical and cultural context of relations between homosexuality and the genre." Analyses Brokeback Mountain as a melodrama examining the film's relationship to concepts of pathos, backward feeling and passivity." Proposes a new way of thinking about gay spectatorship that takes into account how editing and cruising relate to one another.

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Product Details

Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Published
31st March 2010
Pages
152
ISBN
9780748633838

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