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Re: News Coverage: February - December 2008
« Reply #30 on: Dec 11, 2008, 09:25 AM »
Thanks nonetheless, tizi.  It's better to have more than one pair of eyes looking for news.  :)

Here are some details regarding the cut scenes.  Could you believe what they cut?

http://www.vindy.com/news/2008/dec/11/toni-braxton-has-benign-tumor-removed/

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‘Brokeback’ cuts anger gay rights activists

ROME — Italian state television cut a gay sex scene from Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain,” as well as a sequence showing the lead characters kissing when it aired the movie, drawing allegations of censorship from gay rights groups on Wednesday.

Activists protested that RAI TV would never have dropped similar scenes had they involved a heterosexual couple, and politicians called for the incident to be discussed in parliament. RAI said it had aired the cut version by mistake.

“Brokeback Mountain” is a cowboy romance about two ranch-hand buddies who start an affair when they meet on the fictional mountain in the 1960s. RAI’s second channel aired the film late Monday. Gay groups and Italian media said the movie was missing a passionate sex scene in a tent as well as a sequence showing a kiss between the lead characters, played by the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.

RAI said in a statement the film had arrived from the distributor already cut so that it could be shown in prime time. When it was decided to air it late at night, no one checked for the uncut version, it said. RAI pledged to show the complete movie soon.


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Re: News Coverage: February - December 2008
« Reply #31 on: Dec 11, 2008, 09:27 AM »
From the AP:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gnPXzcSHdfkDP929HBbLRDHT6bzQD94VUQAO1

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Italy: Furor after TV cuts 'Brokeback Mountain'
By ARIEL DAVID – 22 hours ago

ROME (AP) — Italian state television cut a gay sex scene from Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," as well as a sequence showing the lead characters kissing when it aired the movie, drawing allegations of censorship from gay rights groups on Wednesday.

Activists protested that RAI TV would never have dropped similar scenes had they involved a heterosexual couple, and politicians called for the incident to be discussed in parliament. RAI said it had aired the cut version by mistake.

"Brokeback Mountain" is a cowboy romance about two ranch-hand buddies who start an affair when they meet on the fictional mountain in the 1960s. The 2005 movie won three Oscars, including the best director award for Lee, as well as the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

RAI's second channel aired the film late Monday. Gay groups and Italian media said the movie was missing a passionate sex scene in a tent as well as a sequence showing a kiss between the lead characters, played by the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.

"I don't believe it was an oversight, I believe it was preventive censorship," said gay rights advocate and former lawmaker Vladimir Luxuria. In an interview with La Repubblica daily, Luxuria said cutting the key scenes was "like showing the Mona Lisa without its head."

RAI said in a statement the film had arrived from the distributor already cut so that it could be shown in prime time. When it was decided to air it late at night, no one checked for the uncut version, it said.

RAI did not detail which scenes had been cut, but pledged to show the complete movie soon.

Some commentators and politicians were not satisfied, saying the cuts would not have been justified even if the film had been aired earlier.

"It is grotesque that RAI censored scenes that have the same content as those seen in most prime-time movies," Benedetto Della Vedova, a conservative lawmaker, was quoted as saying by the Corriere della Sera newspaper. Luigi Vimercati, a center-left lawmaker, told Corriere he would take up the issue in parliament.

In overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Italy, skimpily dressed women are a fixture on many TV programs, while scenes of sex and violence in movies are generally left untouched.

Massimo Gramellini, a top commentator for La Stampa daily, wrote in a front-page editorial: "I would like to understand why a kiss between two gays ... should offend our sensibilities more than scenes of heterosexual sex or bloodthirsty violence."

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« Reply #32 on: Dec 13, 2008, 01:27 AM »
I see BBM was broadcast in Italy recently with unnecessary cuts due to a time slot ratings mixup and it caused quite a stir.

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Re: News Coverage: February - December 2008
« Reply #33 on: Dec 13, 2008, 10:03 AM »
This was reported here perarduaadastra so we merged your topic to this existing one :)
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« Reply #34 on: Dec 30, 2008, 09:31 AM »
This yahoo posted in the AfterElton forum.  Do you want to respond?  Perhaps it is beneath us...

http://www.afterelton.com/node/22392

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Who else thought Brokeback Mountain was the worst gay movie ever

Good Lord, I laughed my butt off when I read that Brokeback Mountain was the number one movie in the 50 greatest gay movies list.  This was the most boring movie ever.  And the men finally get together with no realistic buildup.  One lets another come into the tent because it was cold and raining.  Then suddenly they're acting like two dumbass porn stars who couldn't keep themselves off each other.

I've seen porn movies with more realistic buildups, people.  I finally had to turn off the DVD after an hour because I was fighting sleep.  Then I took a well-deserved nap.

Who else thought this piece of garbage was really a piece of garbage? 


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Re: News Coverage: February - December 2008
« Reply #35 on: Jan 08, 2009, 10:40 PM »
I respect his point of view and how he expresses it, albeit is certainly expressed in a harsh fashion, but as far as responding to it, I consider it beneath me and not worth my time or effort.  Richard / rlh03

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Re: News Coverage: February - December 2008
« Reply #36 on: Jan 09, 2009, 02:28 AM »
right, it's beyond us.  >:(
but it hurts a little bit inside - on the other hand - he really didn't get it anyway, right? ".. because it was cold and raining..." what film did he actually see?  :s)  ;D
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