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The scene: Cowboys Ennis and Jack have sex for the first time, although neither of them identify as gay. It was big enough, warm enough, and in a little while they deepened their intimacy considerably. Ennis ran full throttle on all roads whether fence mending or money spending, and he wanted none of it when Jack seized his left hand and brought it to his erect cock. Ennis woke in red dawn with his pants around his knees, a top-grade headache, and Jack butted against him; without saying anything about it, both knew how it would go for the rest of the summer, sheep be damned. Visit the online Telegraph Bookshop or call We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Visit our adblocking instructions page. Telegraph Culture Books What to Read. The 14 best sex scenes in literature. Back to image.
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As profitable as this may have been for cable-TV channels and the grooming-product industry, the result was a bumper crop of disturbingly aromatic men whose idea of expressing their feelings was to buy throw pillows. Instead of merely acquiring the trappings of kinder, gentler manhood, Jack and Ennis actually walk the walk. The sight of Jake Gyllenhaal crying in his truck as he drives away from Ennis who retreats to an alley and vomits in tortured despair is enough to make even the bitterest woman swoon.
The already-famous hot gay cowboy sex arrives fairly early in Brokeback Mountain. For Bound , the Wachowski siblings had to recruit sexpert Susie Bright to coach Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly on their girl-on-girl sex scenes, and that was probably the last time same-sex sex looked so totally right onscreen. What is remarkable is that the steamy-sex-in-a-tent-on-the-range scene is where the movie establishes that these two fellers are in love. Not deciding whether to fall in love, like Shopgirl. Not intellectualizing the meaning of love, like The Squid and the Whale. As in that era of films, which depicted sure and determined—if often doomed—love, Brokeback dismisses contemporary, over-therapized, narcissistic questions about love. Hi, Romeo and Juliet , anyone? Brokeback Mountain is not the movie that tells the most shocking contemporary love story to come up from behind on the Cineplex. Could it be that this is the first film since Bonnie and Clyde and Natural Born Killers , both of which present a certain amount of irony—and maybe, to really push it, Titanic —in which any of us has been presented with an actual operational model of love? Brokeback Mountain is being hailed as a risky vanguard.