• Not all of cinema’s greatest achievements have always been widely embraced. The film writers of Time Out New York have just illustrated this maxim with a sensational article called “The 50 Most Controversial Movies Ever.” The provocative films that made the cut include eleven that exist in hot-button Criterion editions, running the gamut from sexually explicit to gruesome to blasphemous. And we’re proud to see that three of our touchiest titles made their top ten: Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana, which the piece describes as “the bane of several gatekeepers,” notoriously condemned by the Vatican and banned in Spain; Pier Paolo Pasolini’s forever jaw-dropping Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (“A fearsome gauntlet that all lovers of foreign film must run”), remembered not only for its graphic bodily humiliations but also for the fact that the director was murdered right before its premiere; and, in the perhaps not-so coveted first spot, Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, which stoked Christian ire (despite its inherent devoutness)—as Time Out reminds us, a French Catholic fundamentalist group even launched Molotov cocktails into a theater in Paris where it was playing.

2 comments

  • By Bobby Wise
    February 09, 2011
    09:20 PM

    No "Sweet Movie"? They didn't dig deep enough!
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  • By David Hollingsworth
    February 10, 2011
    03:07 PM

    What happened to "WR: Mysteries of the Organism"? Another Makavejev classic.
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