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From Page to Screen: 'Brokeback Mountain'

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From Page to Screen: 'Brokeback Mountain'

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From Page to Screen: 'Brokeback Mountain'

From Page to Screen: 'Brokeback Mountain'

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Director Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain is the story of the love and friendship between two cowboys in the early 1960s. NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews the movie, which opens Friday.

Then, writers Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry discuss adapting Annie Proulx's 11-page short story into a two-hour film.

They compare adapting the story to hiking a mountain: a challenge, but well worth it. McMurtry says it's the best material he's ever worked with as a screenwriter.

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