"Brokeback Mountain" trailer is here â€” gay cowboys! (Also, how immature are we? We’re so going to regret purposelessly attempting to camp up a by many accounts heartrending movie when it rolls into theaters and turns out to be an awards contender and we have to pretend we knew it was going to be good all along.) Karen Durbin in the New York Times has an in-detail look at the new festival favorite, while Joan Dupont checks out Takeshi Kitano‘s "Takeshis" ("his most baffling film"), which just made its debut at Venice, and Alan Riding examines another buzz film making the festival rounds, Hany Abu-Assad‘s "Paradise Now."
The papers in the UK are turning their eyes to a more homegrown film â€” Joe Wright‘s "Pride & Prejudice" (which also happens to be playing at Toronto) opens there next week (and here November 18), and is the much vaunted "muddy-hem version" of Jane Austen’s most beloved book, the version in which the Bennet girls stop being polite and start with the social realism, dammit. Whippersnapper Wright is also being positioned as one of the bright young things of British film, while stars Keira Knightley and, to a lesser degree, Matthew MacFadyen, are expected to make their way up the international ladder. So, the stakes are somewhat high for this production of a story that’s approaching chestnut status, soiled petticoats or not.
Robert Colvile at the Telegraph lists off the 11 screen versions of the story to date:
Just as "Clueless" retold the story of "Emma" within an American high school, the little-known "Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy" saw Elizabeth Bennet as a college student, sharing a flat with her buddies Jane, Mary, Kitty and Lydia and forced to choose between roguish Wickham and young businessman Darcy. This idiosyncratic adaptation was made by and for Mormons. Fortunately, the filmmakers avoid the temptation to resolve the romantic tension between Darcy, Lizzie and the Bingley sisters by joining them together in a polygynous relationship.
(While searching for the title on IMDB, we uncovered "Pride and Extreme Prejudice," which stars Brian Dennehy as an unstable Cold War double agent, but unfortunately appears to have no overt Austen connections.)
John Hiscock at the Telegraph interviews Knightley, while Cassandra Jardine interviews Brenda Blethyn, who’s playing Mrs. Bennet. John Patterson at the Guardian chats with Donald Sutherland, Mr. Bennet (an odd casting choice, but we’ll wait and see how it works out), Neil Smith talks to MacFadyen at BBC News, and the London Times reruns Joanna Briscoe‘s interview with director Wright from July, along with a piece by Hannah Betts on Lauren Henderson’s "Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating." If you’re feeling brave, you can also check out an extract from the book and a quiz: "Is your man a Darcy or a Wickham?"
+ Trailer: Brokeback Mountain (Yahoo! Movies)
+ Cowboys in Love . . . With Each Other (NY Times)
+ A Director Who Is His Own Star and Co-Star (NY Times)
+ Palestinian Film Looks at Suicide Bombers (NY Times)
+ Screen life of a romcom (Telegraph)
+ ‘Every girl is looking for her Mr Darcy’ (Telegraph)
+ ‘Ambition? I’d rather retire’ (Telegraph)
+ Total recall (Guardian)
+ Star takes pride in new Prejudice (BBC)
+ A costume drama with muddy hems (Times of London)
+ Now you can try dating, Austen style (Times of London)
+ Extract: Jane Austen guide to men, love and sex (Times of London)
+ Quiz: Is your man a Darcy or a Wickham? (Times of London)