Brokeback Mountain was a landmark movie - a gay romance that was not only critically acclaimed but successfully crossed over to the general market. It opened in very limited release in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 9, 2005. What a beautiful, tragic, passionate and haunting story. My friend Tom and I had the good fortune of seeing it opening weekend, going to a noontime showing on Sunday in Chelsea. During its 4-month run Brokeback grossed nearly $180 million, more than half of which came from foreign markets. It was the most nominated film during awards season and won three Oscars (Director, Adapted Screenplay and Original Score). However, it lost Best Picture to Crash.
By coincidence, on the same evening I originally wrote this post in 2010 I saw a beautiful gay romance from Peru called Undertow which reminded me a lot of Brokeback Mountain. It tells the story of a married fisherman,with a child on the way, who is carrying on a homosexual affair with a visiting artist. Very touching and the two actors have a beautiful chemistry together. And the photo to the left suggests a scene from Brokeback.