Skip to comments.Italian TV shows 'Brokeback Mountain' without gay scenes
Posted on 12/10/2008 6:29:42 PM PST by bruinbirdman
Italy's state television censored Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain when it aired the Oscar-winning movie by cutting scenes of gay sex.
Gay rights 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 cutting out a sex scene and 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, Mr 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 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 politcian, was quoted as saying by the Corriere della Sera newspaper. Luigi Vimercati, a center-left lawmaker, told Corriere he
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Well, hell. If they cut out the scene with Ann Hathaway in the backseat of her car with Jake Gylenhal, the film is totally worthless instead of mostly useless.
I laughed my butt off when the horse peeked into the tent and couldn’t stop screaming.. I forgot if that was on the same ep or not.
LOL ! ... and here is one for the Trekkies .... even funnier
And they turned it into a 30 minute sitcom. (yawn)
I was flipping through channels the other day and Brokeback Mountain was on. I found it to be one of the funniest movies ever.
If I was forced at gunpoint to watch this piece of horsesh1t, I’d sure appreciate it if they showed me this censored Italian version.
Like showing a gay western without the head scene?
Brokeback Mountain is not about cowboy romance. It is about the betrayal of wives and a snide dismissal of women by insidious Gay men.
You know what was funny? When that movie lost out on winning some award and there were homos dressed in glittery cowboy outfits crying. I saw pictures of it and laughed my butt off.
Indeed not. The male leads are ranch-hands; if they'd been cowboys they might have been able to make a better go of it.
It is about the betrayal of wives and a snide dismissal of women by insidious Gay men.
[laughter] A snide dismissal of women? Hunh? We're talking about Brokeback Mountain, right? Ennis and Jack? Where's the snide here? Or the insidious?
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