BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

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Is the idyll of Ennis and Jack on the top of Brokeback Mountain Annie Proulx’s shepherd’s myth or the groundbreaking “gay cowboy” film that produced parodies and also broke down important walls in Hollywood? The author (and advisor) on the film to which Larry McMurtry and Diana Osanna added some 69 pages from the 28-page story Proulx first published in The New Yorker in 1997 and then in her Wyoming collection, Close Range, will be there herself to answer such questions.  The film, produced by Ang Lee, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keith Ledger, will be shown in full at the opening of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Festival, followed by a discussion with the author. See why this “rich, spacious, passionate way of showing, not telling,” came close to winning the Oscar in 2005, why, in other words, its four central characters remain in our hearts and the vast space in which their small adventures happen captures our imagination. (Rated R)