Film Censorship Jan'60-Apr'70: M to R


 

 

 

 

Medium Cool

Directed by Haskell Wexler / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Original theatrical release was censored for a 'Not Suitable for Children' rating.

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

Censored footage
01:02 Marianna Hill being chased by Robert Forster around a bedroom while both are naked. Includes flashes of frontal nudity of both sexes.
Through laughter they utter the words "fuck" "shit" and possibly the "C-bomb" but my writing is difficult to decipher.

 

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 cut from Haskell Wexler’s MEDIUM COOL was similarly enjoyable. It involved an amusing bedroom romp between a naked man and his girl ending in some brief fucking.

"Jesus", she shrieks.
"You bastard ., . prick . . . son of a bitch."


 

 

 

 

Midnight Cowboy

Directed by John Schlesinger / 1969 / USA / 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.

The enema flashback takes place when he and his girlfriend are being raped. Quite a few edits were taken out from this sequence, and played in Chips reel as quick cuts. The scene was very difficult to follow at the cinema and its edits were quick cuts but laundered from right through the scene.

 

The R-rating was introduced in November 1971. MIDNIGHT COWBOY was one of a number of films that were eventually resubmitted and passed uncut with the new rating. It was reclassified in September 1973, and rereleased theatrically.

The poster proclaimed:
FOR THE FIRST TIME... THE COMPLETE UNCUT R Certificate Version

Image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Midnight Cowboy (1969) - One sheet poster


 

 

 

 

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.


 

 

 

 

Rosemary's Baby

Directed by Roman Polanski / 1969 / USA / IMDb

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

Information provided by Shane Harrison
I am not aware if there were dialogue cuts, but all the visual cuts came from the famous nightmare sequence where Rosemary "dreams" of being raped by the devil.

The following length of cut was made at the stated time in the film. Times refer to an NTSC DVD.

45:46 – 00:04 cut: A view from the top of Rosemary lying on the bed looking to the back of the room. Rosemary is naked and naked devil worshippers are standing in the shadows around the bed.

46:03 - 00:05 cut: Mia Farrow's stand-in having a pentagram painted on her naked body.

46:18 - 00:03 cut: a pan up the stand-in's naked torso.

46:50 - 00:06: Rosemary having her feet tied to the ends of the bed.

47:15 - 00:14 cut: The devil stroking Rosemary's breasts and mounting her.

47:53 - 00:26 cut: Rosemary begging for forgiveness from the Bishop while the devil thrusts on top of her.

The sequence appeared to be a reconstruction as the cuts were not obvious and the scene flowed evenly. It appeared as if the camera avoided nudity and any explicit depiction of the assault as part of its style. The cut version fitted in seamlessly with the disjointed style of the dream.

I saw the "Suitable for Adults Only" version three times over a two-year period back then and did not get to see the dream sequence fully uncut until I bought a three reel 8 mm digest of the feature 10-years later. The dream sequence was uncut in the 50-minute 8mm cut down. These film digests were expensive due to the silver content of the celluloid but home entertainment was soon revolutionised by the advent of VCR. A VHS release delivered the full version to Australia in the mid-80s.

 

Resubmitted and passed uncut with an M-rating in May 1985.

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Rosemary's Baby (1969) - Daybill


 

 

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