A story of forbidden love on the range, “Brokeback Mountain” is acted, directed, written and photographed with heart-pounding beauty. A film in the windswept tradition of tragic romance, placed against a majestic setting and featuring a love that brings pain, it will be shown starting at 7 p.m. Friday, March 17 at the Smith Opera in downtown Geneva.
Nominated for eight Academy Awards and winner of three (Best Director, Best Score and Best Writing-Adapted Screenplay) “Brokeback Mountain” will be shown again at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19.
In adapting Annie Proulx's 1997 short story, director Ang Lee again proves his versatility, working in a quietly assured style that's perfectly suited to the beauty of Wyoming's mountains and the texture of life in the rural West.
The key to understanding the movie can be found in Heath Ledger's remarkable performance as Ennis Del Mar, who always seems to be looking inward, as if searching for something he'll never find.
After a summer herding sheep on Wyoming's Brokeback Mountain, Del Mar and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) split. Each marries, but they remain emotionally attached in what becomes an ongoing effort to recapture the moment lost.
This drama is rated R and has a running time of 2:24; tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens, and are available at the door.