Exclusive: Gus Van Sant & Todd Haynes Discuss Impact of My Own Private Idaho
We lost the talent of Phoenix too soon, and many younger audiences may not recall that this is how Reeves was introduced to many viewers before he became a blockbuster marquee name, so it’s always essential to go back to this early masterpiece for repeat viewings. It’s unforgettable when Mike confesses to Scott : “I want to kiss you, man,” and the two cuddle up by a campfire together, and the scene clearly paved the way for Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain. It’s the realistic portrayal of platonic, symbiotic intimacy between the two men, however, that will stick with the viewer forever.
The new Criterion Collection Blu-ray is available Oct. 6. Watch the exclusive clip below: