Daily Archives: July 9, 2006

Brokeback Mountain and the Twilight Western Part 2

People often make very interesting points in discussion, but if you are leading the group in a teaching context it is often difficult to remember all the points that are being made. I’m glad this weekend that I did remember a very interesting observation. This was the suggestion that the decline of traditional cowboy employment prospects post 1945 was similar in effect to the decline in mining communities in the UK (and much of the rest of Western Europe) in the last thirty years. A distinct working-class community with a particular way of life and a rich culture felt cast by the wayside. I wonder how a film about two gay miners coming to terms with modernity would have gone down?