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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Brokeback Mountain: beauty in which to lose yourself....

Posted on 2006.01.23 at 15:41


mechtild at 2006-01-24 00:02 (UTC) (Link)
Where do you live, Mews? You don't have to tell me the exact place. I take it your local theater only plays blockbusters. That's not unusual even with a town like ours, which has three multiplexes. Over two dozen screens, altogether, but they all play the same stuff. It's like fast-food chains all having the same menu. Our only "independent film" theater folded last year. Or did you mean your town might refuse to show it? In the U.S., I haven't heard the film being actually withdrawn from a theatrical engagement (anticipating public protests), except one place in Utah. Even in Utah it has been doing very well in Salt Lake City, or so I hear.

It is a film with a lot of elegiac moments, relying on expansive shots of scenery to establish mood. It certainly benefits from being seen on a big screen. But, SO many scenes involve interaction between characters, which use close and medium shots, it still should come across beautifully on a DVD. (I've already put my name in to buy one from Amazon, when it comes available.)
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mechtild at 2006-01-24 00:50 (UTC) (Link)
Ok, I get a better picture of your situation. You have the "we only have a multi-plex" problem. If we only had one, there would not be a showing of "Brokeback Mountain." In my small city, all the multiplexes are owned by the same company. I think that makes them feel they can "take a chance" by showing an "iffy" film of one of the two dozen screens. Otherwise, they certainly wouldn't do it. "Munich" is an Oscar-contender, too. Directed by Spielberg! It is playing on one screen only out of all the multiplexes. Other films (The Squid and the Whale; Capote) that I would like to see will not play here at all, I am sure. I only saw "Everything is Illuminated" because I was in Indianapolis for the LotR exhibit. There is an itty-bitty independent theater there, a total hole-in-the-wall in a strip mall, that showed that film. That was how I was able to see it. EII didn't even play Minneapolis-St.Paul, I think, a metropolitan area of millions, and lots of college students.

Ah, it's epidemic.
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mechtild at 2006-01-24 01:06 (UTC) (Link)
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