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 Fountain of Love

Directed by Ernst Hofbauer / 1966 / Austria / IMDb

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

Information provided by Shane Harrison.

This very innocent German sex comedy from 1966 was released in Australia in late 1968 and played at various theatres and drive-ins over the following year. Numerous views of nudity were censored, which was ironic given these were exactly what the film marketed itself on. However, enough was left in though to account for its popularity.

17:53 – 00:13 cut: View of a woman removing her bra and panties.

18:16 - 00:03 cut: Further view as boyfriend greets her.

33:28 – 00:22 cut: Discrete side view of a topless woman walking to her bed hoping to entice her husband.

37:48 – 00:06 cut: Close up of woman skinny-dipping, her breasts bouncing out of the water.

38:17 – 00:05 cut: Another close up.

40:26 – 00:02 cut: Quick cut taken from a long shot side view of naked woman walking to a pond. The walk was left in but a flash of pubic hair was removed.

41:02 – 00:09 cut: Nude woman walking behind foliage, flashing a few subliminal frontals.

The following series of cuts were made to tone down a nude swimming scene involving the local woman of the village. The cuts were to topless close-ups of the skinny dippers. A few long shots remained providing continuity and box office gold:
70:20 – 00:12 cut
70:43 – 00:05 cut
71:05 – 00:04 cut
71:13 – 00:03 cut
71:23 – 00:04 cut
71:29 – 00:07 cut

Australia screened the film as THE FOUNTAIN OF LOVE, the title that Harry Novak released it under in the USA. The credit sequence featured a naked woman bathing under a waterfall. I don't know if this was a Novak initiative. In Australia's censored print this sequence was left uncut and showed more than what was seen during the rest of the film. For this posting, I viewed a German DVD of the original German release and the credit scene features different footage, a close-up view of a running brook without a nude in sight. A quick take from the bathing sequence appears later in the film so the full sequence was actually shot. I do not know why the footage was absent in the German release.

Australia started to dip its "cinema exhibition toes" into blatant sexploitation around 1965 with the import of sexy Italian Mondo films. However, any nudity was usually cut. These documentaries were soon followed by imports of sexploitation comedies and dramas.

The demand for niche films grew as the nightly news on TV left newsreel theatres without a market. These theatrettes were not built for screening major releases so cheap exploitation, which the majors would not play, became the order of the day and sexploitation quickly became a profitable focus. However, because of Australian censorship, it was always a case of selling the smell rather than the steak itself.





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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