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Tuesday, September 13, 2005


-- film -- simply the best?

Ang Lee's cowboys strike gold - Film - Entertainment - The Venice Film Festival was a dazzling triumph for director Ang Lee, reports Stephanie Bunbury.

In a victory that could be disputed by nobody, the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion was awarded to Ang Lee's magnificent Brokeback Mountain, one of three films in the festival that star the one-time Home and Away heart-throb Heath Ledger.

The story of a long, passionate and secret love between two cowboys, Brokeback Mountain is another peak in the career of the cinematic artist whose works include Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. [...] George Clooney was back on Saturday night, happily, to collect the award for best screenplay for his timely and beautifully crafted film Goodnight and Good Luck, about a real-life television journalist's crusade against Senator Joe McCarthy's communist witch-hunts. David Strathairn, who plays the journalist Ed Murrow, was deservedly named best actor. Other winners included French director Philippe Garrel for his work on Regular Lovers, Giovanna Mezzogiorno as best actress in Cristina Comencini's La Bestia Nel Cuore, and maverick American director Abel Ferrara, who won a special jury prize for his film about religious redemption, Mary. Isabel Huppert, the French actress, was awarded a Special Lion for her contribution to cinema....

La Biennale di Venizia: Official Awards of the 62nd Mostra...

So here's a question for the cognoscenti:

Brokeback Mountain takes best film. OK. But another film takes best screenplay and best actor, another film takes best director and outstanding technical contribution, still another takes the special jury prize, and yet another wins for best young actor or actress (a version, so to speak, of "best supporting actor/actress", I guess).

So then ... what, precisely, was "best" about Brokeback Mountain?

This isn't meant to be a slam at the film, which, after all, I haven't yet seen. And Venice seems to do this sort of thing with a certain frequency. It just seems that it would be difficult to say, "Yes, this is the best overall film, even though no one thing about it was the best."

Posted by iain at 01:40 PM in category film