BANNED MOVIE WEEK

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First show: September 25

 

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In honor of our courageous librarians and the annual Banned Books Week, the Roxie will be showing a series of films that have also been banned. Films are usually banned or censored for the very same prudish or political reasons as books. Artful yet controversial, banned movies feature everything from the classic The Tin Drum to the shocking Sweet Movie.

 FILMS AND PLAYDATES:

I AM CURIOUS YELLOW
September 25th, 2016 at 7:00pm

SWEET MOVIE & W.R. MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM (DOUBLE FEATURE)
(double feature)
September 26th, 2016 at 7:00pm

THE TIN DRUM plays with BANNED IN OKLAHOMA
September 27th, 2016 at 6:30pm

IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES
September 28th, 2016 at 7:00pm
Presented in 35mm


I AM CURIOUS YELLOW  September 25th, 2016 at 7:00pm

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I AM CURIOUS YELLOW

Directed by Vilgot Sjöman, 1976, Sweden, 121 min in Swedish with English subtitles

“I am Curious (Yellow)” premiered in Boston on November 10, 1969 at the Symphony Cinemas I & II on Huntington Avenue, a now defunct art-house theater which operated in the late 1960s and 70s. “Curious,” a 1967 Swedish film by director Vilgot Sjöman, was the first part of a two-part series (“I am Curious [Blue]” was the second) that, according to the Criterion Collection’s synopsis, tells “the story of Lena (Lena Nyman), a searching and rebellious young woman, and her personal quest to understand the social and political conditions in 1960s Sweden, as well as her bold exploration of her own sexual identity.” That bold exploration— which included what the Boston Globe considered to be “without question the most explicit [sex scenes] ever shown on U.S. public screens”— resulted in the film being impounded by U.S. Customs in 1968 and held in seizure until 1969 when a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it fit for uncut screening. – “The Curious Case of ‘I am Curious’

On individual couldn’t wait for the courts to make a ruling and actually torched the Heights Theater in Houston during the film’s run there.

 

SWEET MOVIE / W.R. MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM (Double Feature)
September 26th, 2016 at 7:00pm

There’s never been another filmmaker quite like Serbian director Dušan Makavejev. Famous for using intercuts and montage to dissolve the boundaries between fiction and documentary, his films about political and sexual liberation were revolutionary, raucous, and ribald. Still banned in many countries today his films were nearly impossible to find until Criterion’s DVD release in 2007. 

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SWEET MOVIE dir Dušan Makavejev, 1974, France, 98 mins in English, French and Polish with English Subtitles

 

 

 

 

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W.R. Mysteries of the Organism dir Dušan Makavejev, 1971, Yugoslavia, 84 mins in Serbo-Croatian, English, and Russian with English subtitles

 

 

 

 

THE TIN DRUM plays with BANNED IN OKLAHOMA
September 27th, 2016 at 6:30pm

The Tin Drum (Director’s Cut) tindrum-3Directed by Volker Schlöndorff Release Date: 1979
Running time: 163 minutes
Germany in German with English subtitles

The Tin Drum Oskar Matzerath (David Bennent) is a very unusual boy. Refusing to leave the womb until promised a tin drum by his mother, Agnes (Angela Winkler), Oskar is reluctant to enter a world he sees as filled with hypocrisy and injustice, and vows on his third birthday to never grow up. Miraculously, he gets his wish. As the Nazis rise to power in Danzig, Oskar wills himself to remain a child, beating his tin drum incessantly and screaming in protest at the chaos surrounding him. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980 it was none the less banned as “child pornography” in Ontario, Canada, as well as Oklahoma County in the U.S.

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Director: Gary Don Rhodes
Stars: Anita Hill, Gerry Spence
2004, USA, 60 minutes

A documentary that covers the 1997 Oklahoma confiscation of the film “The Tin Drum” due to a judicial ruling of child pornography, and the six years of legal wrangling that ensued. All copies in Oklahoma City were confiscated and at least one person who had rented the film on video tape was threatened with prosecution if he did not surrender the VHS tape.

 

 

 

 

IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES Presented in 35mm
September 28th, 2016 at 7:00pm

IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES, (aka AI NO CORRIDA), Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, 1976

In the Realm of the Senses dir Nagisa Oshima, 1976, Japan, 106 min 35mm in Japanese with English subtitles

In an excerpt from the Jan/Feb 1977 issue of Jump Cut a sobering account of film censorship at the time of the films release in 1977:

Cancellation of the 14th New York Film Festival’s public showings of In the Realm of the Senses is another reminder of the Federal Government’s vast powers in the field of obscenity—powers easily overlooked in view of the general, though inaccurate, impression that the Supreme Court has returned control of pornography to the states.

The dispute surrounding In the Realm of the Senses involved a Federal law against the importation of obscene material. The Memphis, Tennessee, convictions of Harry Reems and others connected withDeep Throat involved a Federal law against the interstate transportation of obscene material. And the Wichita, Kansas, convictions of Screw’s co-founders involved a Federal law against the mailing of obscene material. (The convictions in the Screw case have since been vacated; it remains to be seen whether the case will be retried.) Still other Federal laws deal with such things as the broadcasting of “obscene, indecent, or profane language,” obscene interstate telephone calls, and the unsolicited mailing of non-obscene but “sexually oriented” material.

The current Federal law against the importation of obscene material— United States Code, Title 19, Section 1305(a)—has been on the books since 1930 (although its predecessors date back to 1842), has survived repeated attacks on its constitutionality (the Supreme Court, for example, upheld it in 1971 and again in 1973), and is still actively being enforced by U.S. Customs.   –  Jump Cut journal Jan/Feb 9977 issue

No one under the age of 18 admitted

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