> The other question is about the Bravo channel. At the moment it is coming > "free" on our cable system. I got a post card from Bravo telling me to > soak up the freebie and subscribe. However, they very definitely are > putting on censored films. They say so. > > I asked my cable company about this. The customer rep said she didn't know > anything. She _thought_ that Bravo only censored films when they went out > over the basic cable route, and showed uncut movies when you have to pay > for them. > > Sounds possible, but dubious. I am deeply unimpressed by the quality of > the picture (compared to Cinemax) as well. Will the picture improve when > people pay for it? > Two bits on Bravo: 1) I once spoke to an assistant to Ismail Merchant and James Ivory who told me he was livid with "Bravo" for cutting some of his company's films and would no longer sell rights to the network (they had shown "A Room with a View") without the skinny-dipping scene in its entirety). I know for a fact that the version they show of "Tampopo" is sanitized. 2) The picture is the same whether you pay for it or not (I've had it free and at low cost at various times). In essence, it's a smallish network. One last thingie: About six years ago, Bravo showed Orson Welles' "Falstaff" ("Chimes at Midnight") twice. The film cannot be shown in this country at all for legal reasons having to do with proprietary rights: An attempt to screen it at the Film Forum in Manhattan about two years ago was scuttled at the last minute. I have no idea how Bravo pulled it off, and I rue regularly the fact that I fumbled my VCR recording instructions BOTH TIMES and thus don't have a copy of the film. I spoke to someone at the network who assured me that they cannot show it again. While I can't hold this against Bravo, I also can't help associating them with my frustration. Shawn Levy | "I used to have such sweet, sweet dreams, [log in to unmask] | But now it's more like an air raid."