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Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay Paperback – December 27, 2005
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About the Author
Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.
Diana Ossana has written two novels, more than a dozen screenplays and numerous essays.
Top Customer Reviews
Each writer contributes an essay about their experience bringing this story to the big screen. Proulx's "Getting Movied" was especially thoughtful and generous. The volume would have been nicely served, however, had Ang Lee contributed an Introduction. If you're a movie credits geek, this book concludes with the entire closing credits, including the sheep wrangler and bear trainer. Also includes 8 pages of black and white photos from the film.
A nice souvenir for anyone who loves the movie and wants to study it more closely.
Through a series of narrative ellipses, Proulx presents a palpable love story about two ranch hands, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, who meet and become obsessed with one another. First published in the New Yorker in 1997 and greeted with much acclaim, the story is less about coming to terms about the characters' sexual proclivities and more about their inability to act upon those heretofore untapped emotions toward a greater happiness. Even though both men marry and have children, neither can fully acknowledge the love they feel toward each other because of the steep price that their love carries and they can only express themselves privately for more than twenty years. Suffice it to say the story is stunning in its preciseness and evocation of the contemporary West, but on first read, it hardly beckons a screen treatment.Read more ›
If you are interested in seeing how the movie was changed from the original story, you can follow both texts, should that meet your fancy. I for one am not inclined to read screenplays. I'd much rather take my chances on remembering differences from actually seeing the movie. The screenplay fleshes out the Proulx story and adds more scenes with both Ennis and Jack's families. There is one brilliant change near the end of the film that has to do with Ennis' shirt he had lost. In Proulx's story, when Ennis visits Jack's parents, he finds his dirty, tattered shirt hanging inside one of Jack's shirts in a closet. In the movie version, Ennis takes the shirts and then reverses them, putting Jack's shirt inside his own. (That's when even the bravest members of the movie audience cry.)
By far the most interesting thing about this book is the essay by Ms. Proulx. She comes across as the person we suspected she is from having written such a powerful story. She makes it clear that this story, while a love story, is also about homophobia, Jack's and Ennis' and everybody else's. Rather than being about "two gay cowboys," as urban critics have said, Ms. Proulx states that she is writing about "destructive rural homophobia.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! Feel in love with the story and would buy and read all over again!=]Published 1 month ago by cathy santizo
The book and the movie was good just cur the homosexual scene out and we have a good story. I had to watch and read this for my film class at the college of Du page English 1154.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very sad love story. Great actors, great script, and great director.
Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay
Great to have the short story and the screenplay together in one book. It makes for a good teaching tool!Published 3 months ago by Patrick Brennan
LOVE this Movie!! Nice to see a well done Gay Love Story! The Actors are Exceptional!Published 9 months ago by T. Bates
I liked Annie Proulx's short story and enjoyed Ang Lee's adaptation. But I did find this book a turnoff the moment I received it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by palefire