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Forbidden Films

Since the earliest days of the movie industry, mainstream films have been banned for their sexual, religious, social, and political content. The history of film censorship began when politicians created state a… (See Below for Full Description)
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Since the earliest days of the movie industry, mainstream films have been banned for their sexual, religious, social, and political content. The history of film censorship began when politicians created state and municipal censorship bureaus, which led to the creation of the National Board of Censorship. Forbidden Films traces the efforts to censor 125 major films, ranging from the silent Birth of a Nation to the classic Gone With the Wind.

This fascinating reference examines the continued efforts to regulate the industry, providing a summary of each banned work—including production details, its censorship history, and suggestions for further reading on the film.

Among the topics covered are:
  • Early efforts to regulate the movie industry, such as the Hays Code in 1922 and the Motion Picture Production Code in 1930
  • The emergence of the Catholic League of Decency, which wielded extensive power for nearly 40 years
  • The reasoning behind different types of film censorship, including racism and anti-Semitism, sexual "indecency," and the fear of Communism
  • Classic and contemporary films that have faced censorship on sexual grounds (Last Tango in Paris, A Streetcar Named Desire), social grounds (Of Human Bondage, Spartacus), political grounds (Anna and the King, Revenge at Daybreak), and religious grounds (La Dolce Vita, The Last Temptation of Christ), as well as for violent content (Natural Born Killers, Scarface)
  • Appendixes profiling the directors of the banned films, films classified according to the reason for their censorship or ban, and a listing of 125 additional challenged, censored, and banned films.

Additional Info

ISBN-13 978-0-8160-4336-1
ISBN-10 816043361
Bundle Options Individual
Language English
Publisher Infobase Learning
From the Series ---
Author Dawn B. Sova
Publication Date 10/1/2001
Book's Binding Paperback
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Specifications Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references. Further reading.
Available Formats Print

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