Film Censorship Jan'60-Apr'70: F





Fanny Hill

Directed by Russ Meyer / 1964 / USA / IMDb

Information provided by Shane Harrison from viewing of "Chipp's reel".
See database entry for THE BABYSITTER (1969) for background.
Censored footage 01:30

I did not record the nature of the footage which suggests it was dialogue scenes.





The Fox

Directed by Mark Rydell / 1967 / Canada / IMDb

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

Information provided by Shane Harrison
Two scenes received the attention of our censors back then. One was a masturbation scene early in the film where Anne Heywood pleasures herself in a mirrored bathroom and the second was a sex scene between Keir Dulleau and Anne Heywood near the end. The famous lesbian kiss between Heywood and Sandy Dennis was left uncut.

11:15 to 11:21 – 00:06 cut: Full-length view of a naked Anne Heywood rubbing lotion on her raised leg.

11:44 to 12:53 – 01:09 cut: After wiping lotion over her body Anne Heywood reaches over, switches the light off and finishes masturbating before climaxing. The scene was completely cut after the light is switched off. Even though a lot of footage was removed, what was left made it obvious what was going on, which made it a daring scene for 1968.

88:53 - While Sandy Dennis runs through the snow hysterical, Anne Heywood has sex with Keir Dulleau in a barn. The sex scene is tasteful with the camera focusing on head and shoulders only. It intercuts between Sandy Dennis in the woods and the two having sex. The intercutting gets faster as the sex act builds, finally hitting its crescendo as Anne Heywood orgasms. A number of the views of the sex scene were removed destroying the sexual build up process inherent in the editing style.

It was released in Australia in late 1968 and was the first of three lesbian themed films at the time, which pushed the boundaries worldwide. The other two were THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE (1968) and THERESE AND ISABELLE (1968), both of which had problems with the Australian censor.

THE FOX screened on Australian TV uncut numerous times in the 1970s. Unlike at the cinema it played unmatted which provided more nude exposure during the bathroom sequence. Back then, TV audiences benefited with unmatted screenings of THE COLLECTOR (1965), THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE (1969), AGE OF CONSENT (1969), A KIND OF LOVING (1962), ALVIN PURPLE RIDES AGAIN (1974), and hilariously exposed Jean Simons's masking tape during her bedroom scene in LIFE AT THE TOP (1965).



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