Brandon attempts to lie to her, saying he was born a hermaphrodite and will soon receive genital reconstruction surgery, but Lana stops him, declaring her love for Brandon regardless of his gender. Some Thoughts on 'Boys Don't Cry ' ". Retrieved May 1, However, the police chief proves to be less concerned with the crime than with Brandon's 'sexual identity crisis'. The leap of imagination that this person took was completely overwhelming to me.
I wanted the audience to enter deeply into this place, this character, so they could entertain these contradictions in Brandon's own mind and would not think he was crazy, would not think he was lying, but would see him as more deeply human". At that time, the film was still called Take It Like a Man.
Identity, Desire, Mis Recognition".
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She went on to argue that the setting is not only conveyed visually, but also through the characters' homes. At the time, he had been dating Lana Tisdel's sister, Leslie, who was omitted from the story. In a Queer Time and Place: When Real life and Reel Life Collide". Retrieved January 31, Because the film is set in the rural Midwestern United States, the Boys Don't Cry soundtrack album features a compilation of country, blues and rock music. Peirce drew inspiration from the filming style of John Cassavetes and the early work of Martin Scorsese , and she incorporated neo-realist techniques into the film.
Various people involved in the case, particularly Brandon's family, have alleged that Tisdel was somehow involved with the murders, or had at least set them up in an act of vengeance. In the same journal, Julianne Pidduck commented on the film's rape and murder scenes, "Effectively, the viewer is asked to experience the rape from the victim's point of view.