“Brokeback Mountain” has been added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
The 2005 film starring the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal was adapted from a 1997 short story by Annie Proulx about Wyoming sheep herders who fall in love. Dianna Ossana and Larry McMurtry adapted the screenplay for the major motion picture which was directed by Ang Lee. “Brokeback Mountain” received critical acclaim including winning Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score at the 78th Academy Awards.
“I didn’t intend to make a statement with ‘Brokeback Mountain,’” Lee said in a statement via a press release. “I simply wanted to tell a purely Western love story between two cowboys. To my great surprise, the film ended up striking a deep chord with audiences; the movie became a part of the culture, a reflection of the darkness and light — of violent prejudice and enduring love — in the rocky landscape of the American heart. More than a decade has passed since ‘Brokeback Mountain’ was released, but I hope that this film, a small movie with wide open spaces, continues to express something both fresh and fundamental about my adopted country.”
Other films that were added to the list include “Jurassic Park,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Shining” and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film “Rebecca.”
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement: “The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium. These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”