Central PA's LGBT News Source


Brokeback Mountain enshrined in Library of Congress


Joe Morgan for Gay Star News reports the modern gay classic Brokeback Mountain has been preserved forever in the Library of Congress.

Experts named the Ang Lee directed film as one of the 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures. The film stars Jake Gylenhaal and Heath Ledger.

The film was chosen to be inducted due to its "cultural, historic and aesthetic importance".

Other films chosen include Disney’s Cinderella, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and the musical My Fair Lady.

Brokeback Mountain, released in 2005, is also the newest film on the registry.

"I didn’t intend to make a statement with ‘Brokeback Mountain," Lee said. "I simply wanted to tell a purely Western love story between two cowboys.

‘To my great surprise, the film ended up striking a deep chord with audiences; the movie became a part of the culture. A reflection of the darkness and light—of violent prejudice and enduring love—in the rocky landscape of the American heart.

"More than a decade has passed since Brokeback Mountain was released. I hope that this film, a small movie with wide open spaces, continues to express something both fresh and fundamental about my adopted country."

Brokeback Mountain lost to the film Crash for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. However, it did win Best Screenplay.

The film tells the tragic love story between two closeted gay ranch hands.

Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Pride-winning author of Brokeback Mountain, described it as a tale of "destructive rural homophobia."

The Library of Congress said: "haunting in its unsentimental depiction of longing, lonesomeness, pretense, sexual repression and ultimately love, Brokeback Mountain features Heath Ledger’s remarkable performance that conveys a lifetime of self-torment through a pained demeanor, near inarticulate speech and constricted, lugubrious movements."

At the time, Newsweek’s David Ansen said the film was also a "watershed in mainstream movies, the first gay love story with A-list Hollywood stars."

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names to the National Film Registry 25 motion pictures that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. The films must be at least 10 years old.