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Therese and Isabelle

Directed by Radley Metzger / 1968 / USA / IMDb

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

Information provided by Shane Harrison
This atmospheric tale of two school girl's first love was shorn of 16 minutes 29 seconds!

Around the time of this release our censors had excelled in using their scissors just as much on two far less explicit imports, 3 IN THE ATTIC and THE WILD ANGELS, so such major surgery was not unusual.

I timed the cuts from an NTSC DVD of the film:

47:22 – 01:45 cut: Therese is brought to orgasm by her male date using his hand, which is off screen. Both are clothed and in a park.

56:55 - 03:31 cut: Therese masturbates in bed, covered by a sheet.

68.32 – 0032 cut: Both Therese and Isabelle are laying down behind the school's church alter and Therese brings Isabelle to orgasm. There are only close ups of their faces throughout but the graphic voice over spells things out in detail. The voice over is by Esse Person, who plays Therese, reading excerpts from Violette Leduc's autobiographical novel of the same name.

74.13 – 05:44 cut: Therese and Isabelle make love for the first time. The prolonged scene of mutual oral sex was filmed through a distorted reflection in a vase, so the visuals were discreet. Again, the voice over by Therese was from the novel and was explicit but got away with a lot by using poetic metaphors.

101.30 – 03:32 cut: Second love making scene by a riverbed at night. As with the previous love scene, the long view nude visuals were tasteful while the voice over detailed a lot of female intimacy that audiences back then would not have been used to.

105.40 – 00:25 cut: Close up of the two kissing and moaning after declaring their love forever. Even though the love scenes were destroyed, the remaining film worked quite well and the nudity left in gave it enough "scandal" for it to have a successful run.

 

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
The two minute cut [shown in "Chipp's Reel"] was one of a number of lesbian love scenes between two French boarding-school girls. The censored monologue [from the lakeside love scene near the end] was as follows:

"With a jeweller’s tongue I was setting gems in her mouth. Our interlocking mouths slid into dream of ease. I was stretching open my thighs. Absinthe was flowing in my veins. My belly was flushed with craving."

As the scene cut to moonlit vine leaves: "Isabelle’s fingers withdrew deliberately, a slow barge laden with harmonies. We listened for the final chord."


 

 

 

 

Two Women

Directed by Vittorio De Sica / 1960 / France-Italy / IMDb

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

Information provided by Shane Harrison from viewing of "Chipp's reel".
See database entry for THE BABYSITTER (1969) for background.
Censored footage 00:25

The rape scene at the end of the film.

Image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Two Women (1960) - Three sheet poster

 

Resubmitted and passed uncut with an M (Medium level violence) rating in September 1994.


 

 

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