French movies, cut and banned before the November 1971 liberalisation of the Australian censorship system.
aka African Erotica – A Happening In Africa
aka African Thrills
Directed by Zygmunt Sulistrowski / 1970 / France – Belgium – USA / IMDb
March 1971 / Rated: A / Length: 7906 feet / Time: 87:51 / Censored by 02:15 / Reason: violence and indecency / Comment: Reconstructed version
Post-November 1971 rating
An 80-minute DVD, submitted as AFRICAN EROTICA – A HAPPENING IN AFRICA (said to be AFRICAN THRILLS), was passed with an R (High level sex scenes, Nudity, Sexual violence) rating in March 2005. The applicant, Force Entertainment, released it as part of an eight-film box set titled FRENCH EROTIC COLLECTION.
Different versions explained
Shane Harrison reports
Force Entertainment (au) – 2005 DVD
Box & Menu title – AFRICAN THRILLS
On-screen title – AFRICA EROTICA: A HAPPENING IN AFRICA
83:00 – Includes opening 00:10 Cinema Arts Entertainment logo – No end credits
Originally released in the USA in 1970 in both R-rated and X-rated versions. A 1978 French rerelease removed footage and replaced it with softcore inserts that featured Brigitte Lahaie. Despite showing an MPAA R-rating card, the Australian DVD is the 1978 French version.
The plot involves a creepy older man who takes a young nude model on an African adventure. Even though the sex and pubic hair were censored, I still cannot believe it received such a lenient rating. I even viewed it at a skin cinema, the Star.
The missing footage in the Australian print exceeds the length of the censor’s reported cuts suggesting edits before submission. These sequences were censored for the original A-rated release. The removal of old footage and the inclusion of new means the location of the cuts would have shifted.
Censored at 03:33 by 00:20 – Topless dancer gyrating on the floor as male dancers respond.
Censored at 04:19 by 00:24 – View of Karen’s (Carrie Rochelle) rape.
Censored at 12:45 by 00:57 – Discreet nude lovemaking between Karen and Robert (Darr Poran AKA director Zygmunt Sulistrowski).
Censored at 21:39 by 00:02 – Quick flash of full-frontal nudity of Karen.
Censored at 23:37 by 00:07 – Karen falls from a tree and lays full-frontal naked on the ground.
Censored at 24:06 by 00:01 – Another flash of Karen nude on the ground.
Censored at 25:30 – Numerous edits as a monkey pokes, sniffs and examines Karen’s nude body as she lays unconscious. This scene, with its implications of bestiality, played heavily in the film’s overseas promotion, especially in the prolonged X-rated print. In Australia, Karen was shown falling from the tree, followed by the monkey beginning to check on her. His quizzical inspection was censored as a snake immediately interrupts.
Censored at 39:37 by 00:03 – Karen flashing full-frontal nudity as she flees.
Censored at 40:57 by 00:06 – Karen has a flashback of her rape.
Censored at 78:14 by 01:31 – Nude love scene between Robert and Karen.
The softcore additions are easy to identify and occur at 04:43 to 04:50, 04:57 to 06:21, 16:08 to 18:11, 41:03 to 42:58, 56:18 to 56:28 and 62:31 to 69:07. They were not added until 1978 so would have been present in the original submission.
For more Zygmunt Sulistrowski, see LOVE IN THE PACIFIC (1970) in this database and ANNIE: THE VIRGIN OF ST TROPEZ (1976) in Film Censorship Database No. 1.
The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun
Directed by Anatole Litvak / 1970 / France – USA / IMDb
October 1970 / Rated: A / Length: 9586 feet / Time: 106:31 / Censored by 00:01 / Reason: violence
aka L’invasion (Film Censorship Board title)
Directed by Yves Allégret / 1970 / France / IMDb
October 1970 / Rated: Banned / Length: 8283 feet / Time: 92:02 / Reason: indecency
Nathalie After Love
Directed by Boris Szulzinger / 1970 / France – Italy – Belgium / IMDb
January 1971 / Rated: Banned / Length: 7700 feet / Time: 85:33 / Reason: indecency
May 1971 / Rated: Banned / Length: 7496 feet / Time: 83:17 / Reason: indecency / Comment: Reconstructed version
September 1971 / Appeal: Against refusal of the Film Censorship Board to register / Length: 7496 feet / Time: 83:17 / Result: Film to be registered SOA / Comment: Reconstructed version
The SOA rating was awarded in September 1971, just before the introduction of the new classification system. The daybill poster shows that it was eventually released with an M-rating and distributed by United Cinema and Regent Films.
Road to Salina
Directed by Georges Lautner / 1970 / France – Italy / IMDb
January 1971 / Rated: SOA / Length: 8747 feet / Time: 97:11 / Censored by 01:46 / Reason: indecency and encouragement to drug abuse
Secret Report on Prostitution
Directed by Jean-Claude Roy / 1971 / France / IMDb
January 1971 / Rated: SOA / Length: 7600 feet / Time: 84:27 / Censored by 02:40 / Reason: indecency