Friday, December 30, 2005

Saw Brokeback Mountain last night, and felt afterwards something like I described feeling after an Antonioni film...not ready to re-enter my world, except that BMtn left me feeling sad, and I didn't want to stay there if I had a choice. Have some thoughts, but only random...for example, the opening scene reminded me of something Toni Morrison (I'm pretty sure--finding this quote would take some digging unless someone else among us recognizes it) said about the first sentence of a novel--it should encompass the whole book. I felt BMtn's opening scene did that, and though I don't want to spoil anything for those of us who haven't seen it yet (after all, it's not even January), noticed the synecdoche of Ennis's brown paper bag. I'm wondering if we might want to pose some questions, and then get started around responding to those? This is a new way of learning, so I'm sort of thinking out loud. This may sound phony, but searching for/being stymied by/hiding identity is a parallel I see between our first two films, so I'm wondering if we'd find something to chew on there? In My Architect, Nathaniel Kahn is the explorer/first-person narrator while in BMtn, maybe inevitably in a feature film, an omniscient narrator structure seems to be how we experience the story. Is this inevitable? I'm trying to think of ffs with, say, a first-person narrator. Anyway, now you believe me, I'll bet, about random...

(Btw, I'm not sure I've solved, Alexis, my posting v. responding dilemma, but maybe I signed in to our blog initially as fiorewtr though my other blog on bloglines is mfiore247, so now I don't know how to get rid of fiorewtr so I can see both my bloglines blogs with less clicking around...?)

more later, Margaret


Blogger Cinema Journal said...

I wish I could reply otherwise, but Brokeback Mountain isn't playing around me...nor is M.A. available at the local video store... (Signs that I have definitly left NY) So, it seems that I'll have to wait until the middle of the month, 10th or so, before I see both. BMtn is high on the list. As for this vacation--lots and lots of videos and dvds, but more on those later.


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