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Europe won't get chance to see Brokeback Mountain

U.S. troops in
Europe won't get chance to see Brokeback Mountain

The gay love story won't screen in U.S. military theaters because of timing, not subject matter, says Stars and Stripes.

Brokeback Mountain will not screen at U.S. military theaters in Europe, reports Stars and Stripes, an independent daily newspaper published for U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. But the apparent snub has nothing to do with concern over the gay love story at the heart of the award-winning film, according to John Walters, motion picture program manager for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. The absence has to do with timing.

Walters told Stars and Stripes that many critical favorites (including last year's Academy Award winners The Aviator and Sideways) are overlooked because they're released too late in the year by small independent studios.

According to the report, AAFES chooses first-run movies two months in advance based on broad audience appeal and "studio buzz" and then screens them within two weeks of their stateside openings. Apparently, AAFES film selections were made before Brokeback had a chance to prove itself at the box office (it was the number 1 movie in America after winning four Golden Globe awards on January 16).

Also, in making arrangements for first-run movies, AAFES requires that distributors send 11 prints. According to Walters, many independent studios do not have an adequate number of copies. "There's a big investment on the distributors' part," he was quoted as saying. "In the last eight years, I don't think there's ever been an independent offered on a first run." (

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