Monday, February 06, 2006

From Page to Screen

Seeing the film disturbed me. I felt that, just as the ancient Egyptians had removed a corpse's brain through the nostril with a slender hook before mummification, the cast and crew of this film, from the director down, had gotten into my mind and pulled out images.

... I
was not prepared for the emotional hammering I got when I saw it. The characters roared back into my mind, larger and stronger than they had ever been.

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I realised that I, as a writer, was having the rarest film trip: my story was not mangled but enlarged into huge and gripping imagery that rattled minds and squeezed hearts.

Annie Proulx talks about how her story Brokeback Mountain moved from page to filmscreen and pays director Ang Lee the ultimate accolade.

16 comments:

lil ms d said...

i cant find the dvd :(

Nizam Zakaria said...

You can find the DVD at BB Plaza.

I cried 4 times while watching the film...

starlight said...

Read the story twice last week. Teared both times. Watched the movie last weekend. Cried buckets. Still can't get it out of my head.

And trust you Sharon, to find such a brilliant article! I thought I had read every written article on Brokeback. Just goes to show you can never know everything. :)

bibliobibuli said...

i cried just once in the film ... and at exactly the same point where i cried in the story ... it's that damn shirt that does it ...

starlight said...

ME TOO!!! I had to stop reading at that shirt paragraph. Put the book down and take a few desperate gulps of air. And during the scene, I had to sit up so I wouldn't drown in my own tears.
And Jack's "I wish I knew how to quit you." was a heart-stabber too.
God, I sound emotionally deprived!

bibliobibuli said...

"I wish I knew how to quit you."

just pass the tissues ...... *gulp*

Leon Wing said...

Gosh, looks like everyone has seen the movie, just like I did, just yesterday.

I was remembering the moment when I was in Sharon's, your house, listening to Jason read out the story to us, gathered around the sofas. After Jason read the part where Ennis found his shirt, which he thought lost,"hidden here inside inside Jack's own shirt, the pair like two skins, one inside the other, two in one."; and Ennis tried to smell Jack from the shirt, "the salty sweet stink of Jack but there was no real scent, only the memory of it..." - I had, then, a lump in my throat. At the end of the movie, that same scene acted out got me in the same state but more profound.

If anyone of you have actually loved with passion, the handling of and the smell of one's lover's clothing can do things to you - evoke moments, memories ...

"I wish I knew how to quit you"

I think this is going to be the most memorable catch phrase at the moment.

bibliobibuli said...

"I wish I knew how to quit you"

... yep, been there.

"if you can't fix it you've got to stand it" is another very powerful line that already seems to have got picked up and quoted around...

The Visitor said...

GUYS, SPOILERS!!! COME ON!!!

bibliobibuli said...

*LOL* sorry lah visitor ...

Krishna said...

DVDs are widely available now especially at Sg.Wang.Copy is so-so I will wait for the Crystal Clear DVD 9 bootleg once the official DVD is released say...about 6 months from now.(BE ORIGINAL,BUY THE BOOTLEG BURNT OFF THE ORIGINAL!)Will reserve my comments once I've seen it but there is always space in my shelf for an Ang Lee movie.I just need to look at his movies in my collection to appreciate the man's awesome versatility.Jane Austen period piece,Civil War Drama,Wuxia epic,Marvel Superhero and now a gay love story.Wow!is the word!Ang Lee rocks!

bibliobibuli said...

i will wait for the orig dvd to be released ... i need desperatley to see it again ... but the cinematography is so stunning that you'd be loosing such a lot seeing a blurry version .. besides i have moral squiggles about buying from the pirates

yes, ang lee is truly amazing

and if your friend larry mcmurtree and friend hadn't taken the initiative to write the script and option the rights, the film would never have been made

Leon Wing said...

The bootleg DVD I bought is surprisingly DVD quality - crystal clear and wide-screen. I think it could have been from a review DVD for the upcoming Oscars.

Krishna said...

Yes,that's the other way to get a good quality DVD watch out for the screener copies sent out for the Oscars.And Sharon my dear,erase those moral squiggles,our Government and licensed movie distributors do nothing to make the price of original DVDs affordable to the average income earner and our arcane censorship laws which our Information Ministry does nothing to change all contribute to the rampant piracy in this country.

McMurtry has been writing Westerns for decades it's a landscape he is intimately familiar with and he brings a sensitivity and gravity to it.I guess his mastery over the genre helped in the adaptation of the novel to the big screen.

And I just realised,Annie Proulx has paid Ang Lee that rarest of compliments:A writer's unequivocal endorsement of a film-makers attempt at bringing her words to life.

Anonymous said...

"our Government and licensed movie distributors do nothing to make the price of original DVDs affordable to the average income earner"

And why should they ?

bibliobibuli said...

the moral squiggles come from the fact the filmamkers and actors don't get the cut they deserve

also money from dvd piracy may well be diverted to support underworld activities