Film Censorship Jan'60-Apr'70: M


 

 

 

 

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


 

 

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