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She reduced her body fat to seven percent to accentuate her facial structure and refused to let the cast and crew see her out of costume. When I saw that, and her confidence and wit, I thought: if she could flirt with Brandon and the audience in that way, that's exactly what we need for Lana. I said to her, "Will you please audition to play Lana? Sevigny dyed her hair red for the role to match Lana's strawberry blonde hair. She watched videos of Lana. She just became her very naturally.
Sarsgaard was one of the first choices for the role.
He later said he wanted his character to be "likable, sympathetic even", because he wanted the audience "to understand why they would hang out with me. If my character wasn't necessarily likable, I wanted him to be charismatic enough that you weren't going to have a dull time if you were with him. I felt like I was just like the sheriff, y'know, and that everyone loved me. Initially, Boys Don't Cry was scheduled to film for thirty days.
The small budget dictated some of the filming decisions, including the omission of some incidents to speed up the overall pacing. Timing constraints and Peirce's visions relating to the plot limited what could be achieved with the narrative. At the time, he had been dating Lana Tisdel's sister, Leslie, who was omitted from the story. Most of the incidents in the case took place in Falls City, Nebraska ,   but budget constraints led the filmmakers to choose locations in Texas.
Peirce initially wanted to shoot in Falls City, but Vachon told her that filming there would not be possible. 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". Some scenes in Boys Don't Cry required emotional and physical intensity; these were allocated extended periods of filming.
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The scene in which Brandon, at the wishes of his friends, bumper-skis on the back of a pickup truck, was delayed when a police officer, just arriving at a shift change, required a large lighting crane to be moved from one side of the road to the other. The scenes took six hours to shoot and were filmed at sunrise, resulting in a blue sky being seen in the background.
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Swank required a stunt double for a scene in which she falls off the back of a truck. Teena's rape scene was given an extended filming time; Sexton, who portrayed one of the attackers, walked away in tears afterward.
When scenes became difficult, Swank requested the company of her husband on set. Peirce, who had originally sought a career in photography before moving into filmmaking, applied techniques she had learned into the film. As a way to further incorporate the sense of artificial night, John Pirozzi, who had been experimenting with time-lapse photography using a non-motion-controlled moving camera, was invited to create the transition shots seen throughout the film.
The film's visual style depicts the Midwestern United States in a "withdrawn",  dark and understated light to give a "surreal" effect. The film was shot with a Moviecam Compact camera fitted with Carl Zeiss super speed lenses. For the scene in which Brandon is stripped, a hand-held camera was used to give a sense of subjectivity and intimacy. The use of low natural light and heavy artificial light is illustrated early in the film in the opening roller rink scene in which Brandon pursues his first relationship with a young woman.
For this scene, Peirce used a three-shot method similar to that used in a scene in The Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy leaves her house and enters Oz. Some scenes were given a prolonged shooting sequence to induce a feeling of hallucination. An example is the sequence in which Brandon and Lana first have sex, followed by a shot of her, Brandon, Candace, and Kate driving in a car against a city skyline backdrop. The scene took an hour and a half to film in total. 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.
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.
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Nathan Larson and Nina Persson of The Cardigans composed an instrumental version of Restless Heart 's country-pop song " The Bluest Eyes in Texas ", a variation of which was used as the film's love theme and score. The title of the film is taken from the song of the same name by British rock band The Cure.
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An American cover of the song, sung by Nathan Larson, plays in the background in the scene in which Lana bails Brandon out of jail and during one of their sex scenes. However, the song is not included on the released soundtrack. The soundtrack was released on November 23, , by Koch Records. Boys Don't Cry has been widely discussed and analyzed by scholars and others.
Roger Ebert described the film as a "romantic tragedy" embedded in a working class American setting, calling it " Romeo and Juliet set in a Nebraska trailer park". Christine Vachon, the film's executive producer, said, "It's not just about two stupid thugs who killed somebody.
It's about these guys whose world is so tenuous and so fragile that they can't stand to have any of their beliefs shattered", referring to John and Tom's views of their lives, Brandon's aspirations and his biological sex. Several scholars commented on the relationship between Brandon and Lana as well as Brandon's relationship to John and Tom. Carol Siegel regarded the film as a thematically rich love story between two ill-fated lovers, similarly to Romeo and Juliet. This tragic aspect of the love story led Halberstam to compare Brandon and Lana's relationship and subsequent drama to classic and modern romances including Romeo and Juliet , often using the term star-crossed lovers.
She opined that Brandon wanted to create close relationships, but he could not due to his transgender status until he became close with Lana. He consistently faces a sense of fear related to the power-over dynamics that he and others who are transsexual face…Brandon experiences the central relational paradox, in which he yearns for connection; however, due to the real threat he faces, he is unable to make that connection.
Myra Hird, in the International Feminist Journal of Politics , argued that John and Brandon exemplify two different and contrasting types of masculinity, and that Brandon's version is preferred by the film's female characters, comparing them to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jimmy Stewart , respectively. John cannot abide Brandon's desire, and clear ability, to access male privilege , and his reaction is to force Brandon to be female through the act of rape. Other commentators discussed the more complex psychological causes of Brandon's murder. Halberstam commented on the complicated causes of the murder, and whether it was due to transphobia or homophobia : "Ultimately in Boys [ Don't Cry ], the double vision of the transgender subject gives way to the universal vision of humanism, the transgender man and his lover become lesbians and the murder seems instead to be the outcome of vicious homophobic rage.
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. An allegiance with Brandon's outsider status aligns the viewer with Brandon's initial exhilaration at his transgressive success as a boy, drawing us through to the film's disturbing finale.
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Many scholars addressed the various performances of gender by the characters in the film; Moss and Lynne Zeavin offered a psychoanalytic analysis, [nb 2] calling the film a "case report" that "presents [Brandon's] transsexual inclinations as a series of euphoric conquests" and "focuses on a range of anxious reactions to her [ sic ] transsexuality. In her film, Pierce [ sic ] inserts the unconventional problems of transsexuality into a conventional narrative structure.
Throughout the film Brandon is presented as a doomed, though beguiling and beautiful rascal, recognizably located in the lineage of well-known cinematic bad-boys like James Dean, Steve McQueen, and Paul Newman. Like these predecessors, Brandon's heroic stature derives from her [ sic ] unwillingness to compromise her [ sic ] identity … Pierce [ sic ] presents Brandon's struggles against biological determinism as the struggles of a dignified renegade. Brenda Cooper, in Critical Studies in Media Communication , argued that the film "can be read as a liberatory narrative that queers the centers of heteronormativity and hegemonic masculinity by privileging female masculinity and celebrating its differences from heterosexual norms.
But Lana falls for Brandon because of his version of masculinity, which contradicts and challenges traditional assumptions about what it takes to be a man and to please a woman. Jennifer Esposito wrote that "We watch onscreen as Brandon binds his breasts, packs a dildo , fixes his hair in a mirror.
His masculinity is carefully scripted. John and Tom…are never shown preparing for masculinity. They are already masculine. In contrast, Annabelle Wilcox opined that the film primarily reinforced the gender binary by showing that "Brandon's body is branded by such rhetoric and representation, and is assumed to be a site of 'truth' that closes the question that being transgender poses for subjectivity, gender, and sexuality.
In addition, she regarded John and Tom's rape of Brandon as an attempt to psychologically castrate him. In another piece, Halberstam compared the media portrayal of Brandon to that of Billy Tipton , a jazz musician who no one knew was transgender until the post-mortem discovery that he was assigned female at birth. She wrote, "On some level Brandon's story, while cleaving to its own specificity, needs to remain an open narrative—not a stable narrative of FTM transsexual identity nor a singular tale of queer bashing, not a cautionary fable about the violence of rural America nor an advertisement for urban organizations of queer community; like the narrative of Billy Tipton, Brandon's story permits a dream of transformation.
Lisa Henderson commented on the intersection between social class and gender in the film, particularly Brandon's working-class status: "My reading of Boys [ Don't Cry ] through the lens of class representation is not born of a univocal search for so-called positive images, but I do recoil at what appears to me to be a new instalment in a long history of popular images of working-class pathology.
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