Film Censorship Jan'60-Apr'70: P


 

 

 

 

Persona

Directed by Ingmar Bergman / 1966 / Sweden / IMDb

Information provided by Shane Harrison from viewing of "Chipp's reel".
See database entry for THE BABYSITTER (1969) for background.
Censored footage 00:45

Discussion about sex.

 

Information from Mike Richards's viewing of "Chipp's reel".
See database entry for THE BABYSITTER (1969) for background.

Dirty Pix
Mike Richards
Cinema Papers issue 2, April 1974

At another point the aptly named Department of Customs and Excise jibbed at showing certain pieces of dialogue and placed it instead in the program. Hence, the following extract from the English subtitles of Ingmar Bergman’s PERSONA.

“She helped him off with his jeans and shirt and then he was on top of her. She showed him how and held him (sic) by his (sic) fanny." (Typographical errors or was the Department really in a bad way?)

"I turned over and said: ‘Won’t you come to me now?’ I felt it as I’d never felt it before. He gripped me by the shoulders and bent backwards and thrust again and again. Katerina lay on her side watching and holding from behind and when he was through she took him in her arms and finished herself off with his hand and gave a shrill cry."

 

Resubmitted and passed uncut with an M (Sexual references, Adult themes) rating in November 2004.


 

 

 

 

Poor Cow

Directed by Ken Loach / 1967 / UK / IMDb

Original theatrical release was censored for a 'Suitable only for Adults' rating.

Information provided by Shane Harrison.
Three cuts were made by our censors.

00:59 - 00:12 cut: Views of a baby's birth.
The opening of the film shows her giving birth, and then moves to the opening credits. Our theatrical version began the same, but a seamless cut removed the actual birth footage. The censorship was so good that I didn't realise it had been made until I saw it on video. The TV screenings in the 1970s on Channel 9's MIDNIGHT-TO-DAWN were of the cut theatrical version.

68:22 - 01:00 cut: Semi-nude discrete sex scene taking place in the countryside.

86:22 - 0:1:44 cut: Carol White discusses a girlie calendar hanging on the wall with a creepy shop assistant. They flick through the various months as he states that in Germany such picture are illegal. He explains that the laws there allow the complete exposure of a topless woman but not partial exposure where one breast is exposed and the other covered.

There was also a sequence where she poses for a private camera club to earn money. It was pretty sleazy, with the men commenting that some of them didn't even bother putting film in their cameras. It was left untouched by the censor, and was the big scene that was used to promote the film both at the cinema and on TV, selling it as a sexy movie, which it was anything but!


  

 

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