Jan 25, 2008 2:39 PM GMT
I know we've all been saturated with the tragic news of Heath Ledger's untimely death but I did some searching and found some fantastic Brokeback montages and thought I'd share them. I'm sure we've all seen the images but it's the music attached that really made it for me.
As much as I'd like to say Brokeback Mountain was 'just a movie'...it wasn't. For most people in the world it was the first time they'd ever experienced such a love story...a pure and true love between two men.
I'll never forget going to see the movie. It was a 'first date' and it was my suggestion. My date lived in the 'burbs' so we went to a theatre there to see it. It was a Friday night and the theatre was packed. I remember sitting in the seats, looking around and thinking we were probably the only gay couple there, despite the fact that there were a couple other guys that were seated next to each other...were they testing the waters? Maybe. I also remember others looking around and 'eye-spying' us while the light's were still up...but not in a bad way...but instead with a knowing smile and slight nod and whisper. But there are two things I remember most from that night. First was the audiences complete utter silence and attention to the movie and second was the muffled sound of people's tears...including my own.
I think many of us, as gay men, will forever appreciate Heath's sensitive and moving work on Brokeback Mountain especially when we now all know how many actors refused to even look at taking the role for fear of what others might think. It's hard to think of an actor who showed so many people worldwide that gay love has dignity and deserves equal respect. And for that, I'm forever grateful. My only hope is that he truly realized how much it meant to me...and my gay brothers...or that he know's it now.
Ok, I've babbled on long enough.
"Kissing you" - Des'ree
"Good-bye My Lover" - James Blunt
The original movie trailer...which just makes me want to see the movie again