Brokeback Mountain’ is one of eleven short stories in Annie Proulx‘s 1999 collection, Close Range. Ang Lee’s 2005 adaptation of the story retells Proulx’s brief 28 pages across 128 minutes of screen time, yet rarely if ever feels padded. Lee’s film lost out to Paul Haggis’ now largely-forgotten Crash as that year’s Best Film Academy Award, as well as drawing some controversy from conservative media for its depiction of the same sex romance. Nevertheless, Brokeback Mountain was a critical and commercial success and remains among the director’s best films. Lee’s film is extremely faithful to its source text, yet its emphasis on certain aspects of the story creates interesting new dimensions and thematic tensions. This is especially true of the expansion of the women’s role in the film, and their influence on the story’s depiction of masculinity.

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