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A list of movies in the Criterion collection that have been banned by governments around the world.
Am I forgetting any? Let me know in the comments.
Banned in Nazi Germany, you can probably guess why.
Banned in the UK for its depiction of vivisection, as the British government forbade the depiction of cruelty to animals in movies. It was released after cuts were made in 1958.
Banned in France until 1947. Despite being a film made in France with a French director, the production company that made the film was German, and the film was seen has negatively portraying the French people, and it was thus accused of Nazi/Vichy sympathies. Henri-Georges Clouzot was also not allowed to make films anymore, until the ban was lifted in 1947.
Banned in Ireland for having a permissive attitude towards adultery.
Banned in Japan by the U.S. occupying government, which was sensitive towards films with overtly Japanese themes, specifically the "feudal values" in this film. It was finally released in 1952.
Banned in Finland for showing how safecracking works. The Finnish government feared that the film would lead to an epidemic of dashing French thieves in Helsinki. A re-cut version was allowed in 1959.
Banned in Franco's Spain for having "anti-military" themes.
Initially banned in Italy for its sexual attitudes, the ban was quickly lifted following protests.
Banned in Finland until 1981.
Banned by Franco's government in Spain for blasphemous content, they also tried, unsuccessfully, to get it withdrawn from the Cannes Film Festival. The Vatican also denounced the film for the same reasons.
Banned in the Soviet Union for having religious themes.
Banned in France for five years, as the Algerian War was a sore subject.
Banned in the United States for being "pornographic." Censors later conceded that the sex scenes were "tastefully done."
Banned in Yugoslavia for 16 years due to its graphic sexual content. The film also caused Makavejev to be exiled from the country, unable to return until 1988.
Banned in the UK when the Video Recordings Act of 1984 went into effect. Also known as the "Video Nasties," the Video Records Act resulted in a number of movies being banned for violent content, and in the case of Straw Dogs, the offending scene was the rape of Susan George's character. It was released uncut in 2002.
Banned in the U.K., it was on the infamous "Video Nasties" list.
Censored in Japan for its graphic sex scenes, and was initially banned in the U.S. and parts of Canada.
Banned as "child pornography" in Ontario, Canada, as well as Oklahoma County in the U.S.
Banned for blasphemous content in Ireland, Norway, and parts of the UK and Germany.
This one wasn't banned, it was suppressed by the studio because they were worried the film would come off as racist. It wasn't seen until ten years later at international screenings.
One of the most infamous titles on this list, "Salo" reached "Cannibal Holocaust" levels of banning across the globe, including the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and even got some video store owners in Ohio arrested for "pandering."
One of the big poppas of cinema controversy, this one was banned in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Turkey, and Savannah, GA in the United States for a period. It is banned in the Philippines and Singapore to this day.
Banned in Ontario for its depiction of teenage sexuality. The ban was lifted in 2003.