a few more assorted thoughts on Brokeback as I’ve had time to think.

I’m still conflicted about how they showed the violence of the relationship, but i’m starting to see some other issues too…

In the “making of” clip, they talked about how the women in the story played out “their own miseries.” Not quite true…they played out the miseries of the men. Their characters were not much deeper than to show them as shackles…Jack’s mother being the only sympathetic woman in the whole story…

And please, please, please….can we have a queer love story that doesn’t end in a gay bashing? I’m all for showing and confronting violence…but i’m getting troubled that the theme of our narratives is becoming “impossibility.” I know, Romeo and Juliet doesn’t mean that straight love is conflicted and forbade…but i think we can see the difference here. Can’t we grow old once, or even just kiss in the last scene?

-sly

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