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Friday, June 09, 2006

Original Brokeback Mountain?


From the Washington Post Style Section (June 9, 2006).

For the folks on the Supreme Court, a retirement was even more cause for a midweek treat. On Wednesday afternoon, all nine justices -- plus recently retired colleague Sandra Day O'Connor and a handful of spouses -- sneaked over to the Library of Congress for a private screening of the John Wayne classic "Red River."
Justices traditionally hold a dinner for retiring members; this time they started the festivities with the 1948 western that is one of Arizona native O'Connor's all-time faves, a court spokeswoman said. Called "one of the greatest of all westerns" by Roger Ebert , "Red River" is a father-son saga set on a Chisholm Trail cattle drive. It's also a cult favorite because of the homoerotic undertones picked up by film scholars in later years. Surely not even Antonin Scalia could help but snicker during the scene where Montgomery Clift and John Ireland caress each other's weaponry. (Ireland's line: "There are only two things more beautiful than a good gun: a Swiss watch or a woman from anywhere. You ever had a Swiss watch?")…

I have no problem with the Justices taking in a John Wayne movie; I was raised on John Wayne and I think his movies provide great examples to teach young people such lost concepts as duty, honor, courage, respect, tolerance, patriotism, and what it means to be a good man. But, who is it that sees these “homoerotic undertones?” Why must people try to ruin something and why did the Post feel the need to include this in the story? Did O’Connor request this film because of some “homoerotic undertones” or does she simply enjoy the movie? This story will not change my opinion on John Wayne or any of his movies, but I want to know the intention of the Post in even including this aspect to an otherwise fluff piece.

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