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Cowboys and Cowgirls
BY ANKA SPOLJAR
There are many
different unexplained film successes in the film industry today.
awarded film ”Broke back Mountain” is in my opinion one of
them. If the
question here was to award a film for being politically correct, then
has probably been achieved. If the goal was to award it for being a
of what life is all about, then in my opinion something has gone very
when going to see this particular film was like everyone else’s.
I thought that
seeing it would help people solve yet another question about how same
relationships come into being and how they are no different from any
about the movie was of course much greater since the story is set in a
Midwestern area of the
When leaving the
cinema my impression was that this film managed quite the contrary, it
to give people even more arguments for having prejudices against same
relationships in addition to the ones they had before they stepped into
cinema that night.
The only two concrete sex scenes in this film are violent scenes, which show one of the characters in relation to the other main character and later on with his wife.
First, the beauty
of love, the beauty of what intimacy is between two people independent
sex they are, some years ago presented in the British drama
“Priest”, was this
time redefined in a quite bizarre brutal scene in the beginning of the
film. The problems do not stop there. The second sex scene is not any
violent. Quite to the contrary, it really strikes to the bone of the
essentially violent our nature can be and how we know no limits when
our ego is
to be fed. All this really makes you wonder what the point was in
obscenity. Why was it necessary to present the two most intimate scenes
film as two sexual scenes with a connotation of rape? First we are
something that to a high degree resembles a rape as an act of love, and
are presented with the sexual abuse of one’s own wife as the only
way the main
character can sexually relate to his own wife.
How is this
suppose to help the average Dick, Tom and Harry not to be terrified of
as men who go around having sex with whatever they can get their hands
we can ask ourselves the following: Is this how people imagine intimacy
between two people when at least one of them is gay?
When taking this
subject up with some other people who had also seen this film they
looked at me
in wonder about what I was talking about. They appeared to think that
seems to have an historical meaning in USAs context, and that it is a
confronting the cowboy culture in the
Did anyone at any
point in time during the making of this film know how these scenes
into the hands of all of those who already have prejudices against the
homosexual population of this planet?
Isn’t this film
just another example of a manic obsession with a need to deal with the
problems in connection with the present history of
once again did not take them anywhere else from where they were before
made this film? Is maybe the Oscar award just another desperate attempt
with whatever is strangling them currently, and therefore this attempt
“shocking” the public looked like a good way of doing so?
How good it looked at the time is hard to say. What we can say now in the aftermath of making a story like this one is that the ones who made it should maybe go back and consider a very old and good saying: it is always a good idea to check whether what one is saying is at least close to that which is coming across.
Isn’t it enough that prejudices are there already? Is it necessary to keep on feeding them?
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