September 11, 2005

BOO, HISS (via Robert Schwartz):

Ang Lee Film Tops Venice Festival Awards (DOMENICO STINELLIS, 9/10/05, Associated Press)

Ang Lee's tale of the homosexual love between two cowboys set in the conservative West of the 1960s won the Venice Film Festival's top award Saturday.

"Brokeback Mountain," starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, topped 19 other competitors, including favorite "Good Night, and Good Luck," George Clooney's black-and-white movie set in the McCarthy era of the early 1950s.

Receiving the Golden Lion award, Lee described his movie as a "great American love story" that is "unique and so universal."

"I'm so glad it's prevailed here and was received so warmly here," he said.

Lionizing gays and Commies may be just the ticket in Europe, but it seems unlikely to end Hollywood's slump with Americans.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 11, 2005 8:50 PM

Aahm, you're the one with the jones for that mountie, aren't you? Seems to me you're poorly positioned to fend off the hordes of comsymp nancy boys.

Posted by: joe shropshire at September 11, 2005 9:50 PM

Shouldn't they have called it "Bareback Mountain"?

Posted by: carter at September 11, 2005 9:53 PM

Close. "Bareback Mounting"

Posted by: Pete at September 11, 2005 9:54 PM


The Mounties aren't Communists.

Posted by: oj at September 11, 2005 10:50 PM

They should have used Clint Eastwood and Alex Karras.

Posted by: ratbert at September 11, 2005 10:55 PM

A movie about gay cowboys, eh? I saw that on South Park. Do they eat pudding?

Posted by: at September 12, 2005 12:09 AM

The Annie Proulx short story is disgusting enough. I can't imagine it on the silver screen. Male homosexual love is perhaps palatable in the abstract, but in the particulars, ecch.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at September 12, 2005 12:50 AM

Maybe it'll help Europeans to finally appreciate American cowboys.

Posted by: Randall Voth at September 12, 2005 4:45 AM

No big deal, very few will see these movies. This too shall pass.

Posted by: pchuck at September 12, 2005 10:32 AM