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Broke back mountain vs short story

  1. 1. Brokeback Mountain Andrea Mantovan, Roberto Pérez, Sara Sánchez
  2. 2. Introduction to the film <ul><li>Year: 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Director: Ang Lee </li></ul><ul><li>Romantic Drama Film. </li></ul><ul><li>Adapted from Annie Proulx’s short story “Brokeback Mountain” </li></ul><ul><li>Oscar Awards: Best Director: Ang Lee. Best Original Score: Gustavo Santaolalla. Best Adapted Screenplay: Larry McMurtry y Diana Ossana </li></ul><ul><li>Narrative film, since the events are told like in a normal s tory. Also it has a plot: argument and construction. </li></ul><ul><li>Curiosities: Annie Proulx gives lots of importance in the life in the country. Ang Lee: Asian-american belongs to an ethnic minority empathizes with homosexuality, another minority in the United States’s. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mise-en-scène <ul><li>SETTING: two settings which are Brokeback Mountain and the city. The first one represents Ennis and Jack’s life together. While the city is where they have their families and conventional life. </li></ul><ul><li>COSTUMES: cowboy style. We also see by their costumes how Jack's life is going better than Ennis. </li></ul><ul><li>LIGHTNING: dark scenes at first, like covering their love. When they “admit” what they feel, light appears in their sexual encounters. </li></ul><ul><li>ACTING STYLE: there is a difference in acting: First they try to hide their feelings, they are real men who do not show their feelings, but as they love starts to increase, they start to act in a more sensitive way. </li></ul><ul><li>PROPS: the rear-view mirror, the woodcutter shirts, the dead sheep, the mountain, Coyote (predator of goods/childhood), Cigarette/Beer/Whisky/ Manhood: they are real men. </li></ul><ul><li>COMPOSITION: lots of contrasts and oppositions. E.g. Shot: Jack and the sheep going up the mountain between the sun and the clouds showing there is going to be a storm. Maybe mean the dilemma in which they are: deeper and intimate impulses VS society as cowboys and as men. </li></ul><ul><li>MAKE UP : there is nothing particular to say. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Comparison to the short story <ul><li>Ennis as someone with no real home or place where he belongs to. Strategy to annihilate him from the world in order to make Brokeback Mountain the only place he belongs to. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;It don't happen in Wyoming and if it does I don't know what they do, maybe go to Denver,&quot; said Jack. The setting is a more explicit element than in the film in the way their sexuality is repressed by society. </li></ul><ul><li>Two main characters are presented as tough and rude guys denoting their masculinity, this is described in the narration of the story and developed remarked by their acting style in the film. </li></ul><ul><li>In the story their physical description shows Dennis us the most masculine of them (“possessed a muscular and supple body made for the horse and for fighting”) while in the movie is the acting style what denotes this (“ a men of few words”). </li></ul><ul><li>Film: Ennis is more reluctant to show his feelings than in the short-story. Speaks less and he is shown as a more tough guy. </li></ul><ul><li>Props: telephone at the motel. Related with the idea of time, regarding that they never have enough time, the ringing of the phone could be the little time they have together, and they have to take the call and enjoy it more than talking about solutions. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Comparison to the short story <ul><li>Props: bear which Ennis find in the woods. In the film Ennis is alone, fears he is going to confront with. The story when the bear appears they are together, could symbolize the risk they maybe taking by starting this relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>The sheep in the short story: more emphasized the concept of mixture. This can be related to their mixed feelings and the dilemma about their sexuality. </li></ul><ul><li>Film: Ennis is undressing and washing himself Jack is cutting potatoes and doesn't look at him, composition creates -> tension reflects Jack secretly desires to look at Ennis. Short story this composition is the same, but the narrator tells us that Jack has take a glance of Ennis body. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Nothing marred it, even the knowledge that Ennis would not then embrace him face to face because he did not want to see nor feel that it was Jack he held. And maybe, he thought, they'd never got much farther than that. Let be, let be.” Transition by dissolves and in this way in the short story. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Cinematography <ul><li>CAMERA DISTANCE: There are a lot of long and extreme long shots used for the scenes in which the landscape is shown, or in compositions in which the characters are interacting with the environment. Close ups are used for the introduction of characters and for the intimate moments. </li></ul><ul><li>CAMERA MOVEMENT: In this aspect the most used movement is the pan, but it is important to say that in this film we find an standing camera without movement most of the time. </li></ul>
  7. 9. Editing <ul><li>STRAIGHT CUTS: the film is mostly made by straight cuts. </li></ul><ul><li>FADES IN/OUT: </li></ul><ul><li>The film starts with a fade-in as an introduction. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a fade out after the second time they are together when they meet after 4 years and they talk about the life they should live together and they can´t live . All the fades in the film suggest big changes in Ennis' and Jack’s lives. </li></ul><ul><li>DISSOLVINGS: Dissolving are used to do the transition from different places like from the mountain - town, or present – memories (past). Dissolving: place, time, or a great change in action ( like the 3 rules of classical theatre). </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the film we also see a dissolving when he leaves Jack’s parents' house which is followed by the last fading out. </li></ul>
  8. 10. Symbolism <ul><li>The title of the film: Brokeback Mountain may has something to do with the break ing off of all the conventional elements of their lives. Besides, they go back to this Mountain every time they want to see each other, where they love started once and where it will never die. In some way, they broke with everything when they went back to their most natural instincts. </li></ul>
  9. 11. Differences between the short story and the film <ul><li>At the beginning of the story, Ennis is related to men as it is said that he dreams with Jack, and in the movie their sexuality is explored more slowly. A lot of important elements are anticipated in the short story to prepare the reader for what is he going to read. </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual relations more explicit, even in a rude way, while in the film their sexual relations are insinuated and more “romantic”: “Jack seized his left hand and brought it to his erect cock.” </li></ul><ul><li>Short-story tell us that Jack discovers that he had his foreskin removed and his father does not. This does not appear in the film. This violent episode, in some way, show us that Ennis was not the only one with a difficult childhood. </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the film the scene of Ennis being with his daughter could be telling us about him moving on in his life while in the short story Ennis seems more like a prisoner of his past with Jack, he is going to live in Brokeback Mountain for ever as it was the only happy moment of his life. </li></ul>
  10. 12. Thank you for your attention!

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