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Although Brokeback is too painful a movie to watch many times, the curious thing is it makes you want to fall in love again. Instead, one listens to the soundtrack, which alternates between the pastoral beauty of Gustavo Santaolalla’s theme on the guitar-so spare, so haunting-and the raucous, messy world of the bars, where Matthew Shepard met his killers. I’m not sure why Brokeback is so moving. But in the end I think it has something to do with its being what McMurtry called it: “a tragedy of emotional deprivation.” This is surely a universal experience, but at a certain point in life most gay men seem to conclude that it’s the particular fate of being gay.

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NEAR THE END of Gus Van Sant’s 1991 film My Own Private Idaho, Scott Favor, played by a young Keanu Reeves, looks out from a limousine window to see his friend Mike Waters, played by River Phoenix, asleep on a sidewalk. The scene represents a significant plot shift in the film: …

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IN 1965, a 22-year-old undergraduate student at the University of Toronto set out to make his first feature-length film. The result was David Secter’s Winter Kept Us Warm, a story about two young dorm-mates who fall in love-innocent, occasionally awkward, but groundbreaking as a love story between two men, and an autobiographical one at that. …

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… The Sundance 2005 Queer List listed exactly 21 films in the festival this year. Films were included in this roster if they featured a GLBT character or if their producer or director were a member of the GLBT community-this, according to Levi Elder at the Sundance Film Festival Press Office. …

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IT IS HARROWING to watch, but Jonathan Caouette’s Tarnation is a stunning, one-of-a-kind achievement. Screened at Cannes and around the world, Tarnation was made for a couple hundred bucks using iMovie. But that’s the least interesting thing about it. …

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SEX IS RARELY DISCUSSED in Bolivia because of the country’s extremely macho Roman Catholic culture, and sexual minorities have a history of being viewed as undesirables who live outside of society’s moral code. But perhaps this part of Bolivia’s homophobic culture is beginning to change, due in small part, perhaps, to director Rodrigo Bellott’s success with his Bolivian-American film, Sexual Dependency. …

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Callas Forever Directed by Franco Zeffirelli Scenario by Martin Sherman FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI, the director who brought TV audiences the miniseries Jesus of Nazareth and movie audiences Mel Gibson…More

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YOSSI & JAGGER exists in the space between the feature film and the documentary. Based on a true story, this well-made movie is produced in a way that makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into the barracks of a company of the Israeli army …

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Mambo Italiano Directed by Émile Gaudreault Cinémaginaire Inc. (Canada) Equinox Films (Canada) Stereotypes never really go out of style, although the PC police may take the heat off…More

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