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Censoring the Moving Image (Manifestos for the Twenty-First Century)by Philip French
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Film's power to move, to disturb, to terrify is unlike that of any other medium. This is why, throughout its history, Film has been feared, controlled and censored as well as celebrated. The notion that censorship was necessary - to preserve society, to protect people from each other, to save ourselves from our baser instincts - has been widely held by all levels of society. But, as the first great mass medium, cinema provided politicians and other guardians of morality with their prime target for censorship in the 20th Century. In the West the debates over censorship in film have usually focused on sex and violence, but censorship for political and religious reasons is still a reality in many parts of the world, and film-makers still often risk imprisonment or death. Analysing how film audiences have been treated like children and filmmakers as potential enemies of the state, Mark Kermode presents the savage and ongoing history of film and censorship.
Manifestos for the Twenty-First Century is a Seagull series ceated in collaboration with the Index on Censorship, a home and voice for freedom and expression since it was founded in 1972
From its birth in the dying days of the nineteenth century to its hi-tech proliferation today, cinema has been a mote in the eye of the censors. Its popular appeal and widespread dissemination made it an obvious and easy target: it was widely accused of corrupting morals, spreading dangerous ideas and having a particularly malign effect on children and members of the 'lower orders.'
The spread of new forms of communications technology, such as DVD and the Internet, has democratized the moving image and made the task of the censor much harder than it once was, as the specially commissioned interview with David Cooke, Director of the British Board of Film Classification, included in this volume reveals.
About the Author
Mark Kermode is a Visiting Fellow in English at the University of Southampton and one of Britain's leading film critics.
Table of Contents
Censoring the Moving Image by Philip French, Julian Petley
In Conversation: David Cooke, Director of the BBFC, Talks to Julian Petley, 2 August 2007
Appendix 1: The British Board of Film Classification Guidelines
Appendix 2: The Video Recordings Act 1984
Appendix 3: The American Ratings System, as Explained by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Appendix 4: The Current MPAA Ratings System
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