Friday, September 23, 2005

Filtered meditation: they say queer cinema is back...

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain

With Ang Lee's recent triumph at the Venice festival with his gay cowboy film Brokeback Mountain, the gay media and pundits have started to proclaim that queer cinema is back. I expect Lee's movie to be a cinematic milestone: he's appropriated the most American off all genres and gave it the gay treatment - that is quite something. But whether 'queer cinema' is back remains to be seen because, the question is, was it really there in the first place?

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