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Censored: The Story of Film Censorship in Britain
If one drew up a list of the best films ever made, then it turns out that nearly all of them have been heavily censored or banned. Lang's METROPOLIS, Chaplin's CITY STREETS, Eisenstein's BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, Brando's THE WILD ONE and Kubrick's THE CLOCKWORK ORANGE, for instance, have all suffered from the effects of censorship. This pioneering book explores the absurdities ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 21st 1994 by Chatto & Windus
(first published June 27th 1994)
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This is the story of film censorship in Britain from the beginning to the present time and I don't understand it at all. I don't mean I don't understand what it says, I just don't understand how or why they reached the guidelines that they established or how the censorship board (BBFC) operated. They were backed by the Office of the Home Secretary (or were they) and the members' names were kept from the public. They were inconsistent in their rulings and some of them were, frankly, ridiculous. J ...more