Film Censorship May'70-Nov'71: H to J


 

 

 

 

Halls of Anger

Directed by Paul Bogart / 1970 / USA / IMDb

Date: 11-1970  /  Rated: A  /  Length: 8974 feet  /  Time: 99:43  /  Censored by 00:01  /  Reason: indecent language

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Halls of Anger (1970) - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

 

 

The Happy Ending

Directed by Richard Brooks / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Date: 07-1970  /  Rated: SOA  /  Length: 10055 feet  /  Time: 111:43  /  Censored by 00:01  /  Reason: indecent language

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The Happy Ending (1969) - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

 

 

The Hard Ride

Directed by Burt Topper / 1971 / USA / IMDb

Date: 07-1971  /  Rated: SOA  /  Length: 8047 feet  /  Time: 90:31  /  Censored by 02:39  /  Reason: violence


 

 

 

 

Hello-Goodbye

Directed by Jean Negulesco / 1970 / UK / IMDb

Date: 07-1970  /  Rated: SOA  /  Length: 9056 feet  /  Time: 100:37  /  Censored by 00:08  /  Reason: indecency

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Hello-Goodbye (1970) - Daybill


 

 

 

 

Hell's Creatures

Directed by Enrique Lopez Eguiluz  / 1968 / Spain / IMDb

Date: 08-1971  /  Rated: A  /  Length: 8100 feet  /  Time: 90:00  /  Censored by 01:05  /  Reason: violence

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Hell's Creatures (1968) - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

 

 

The Hippie Revolt

Directed by Edgar Beatty / 1967 / USA / IMDb

Date: 04-1971  /  Rated: SOA  /  Length: 6773 feet  /  Time: 75:15  /  Censored by 06:46  /  Reason: indecency and encouragement to drug abuse and indecent language


 

 

 

 

Homer

Directed by John Trent / 1970 / Canada-USA / IMDb

Date: 06-1971  /  Rated: A  /  Length: 8197 feet  /  Time: 91:05  /  Censored by 01:32  /  Reason: incitement to drug abuse


 

 

 

 

The Honeymoon Killers

Directed by Leonard Kastle / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Date: 03-1971  /  Rated: Banned  /  Length: 9673 feet  /  Time: 107:29  /  Reason: violence and indecency

See also the entry in our Film Censorship database.


 

 

 

 

Hornets' Nest

Directed by Phil Karlson - Franco Cirino / 1970 / Italy-USA / IMDb

Date: 11-1970  /  Rated: SOA  /  Length: 9859 feet  /  Time: 109:33  /  Censored by 00:14  /  Reason: violence

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Hornets' Nest (1970) - Daybill


 

 

 

 

Hours of Love and War

Directed by Unknown / 19?? / Greece / IMDb link required

Date: 11-1970  /  Rated: A  /  Length: 9069 feet  /   Time: 100:46  /  Censored by 01:01  /  Reason: violence


 

 

 

 

House of Dark Shadows

Directed by Dan Curtis / 1970 / USA / IMDb

Date: 09-1970  /  Rated: Banned  /  Length: 8701 feet  /  Time: 96:41  /  Reason: violence and indecency

Date: 11-1970  /  Appeal: Against rejection  /  Length: 8701 feet  /  Time: 96:41  /  Result: Appeal dismissed by Review Board

Date: 03-1971  /  Rated: Banned  /  Length: 8322 feet  /  Time: 92:28  /  Reason: violence and indecency  /  Comment: Reconstructed version

Date: 05-1971  /  Appeal: Against rejection  /  Length: 8322 feet  /  Time: 92:28  /  Result: Registration with eliminations  /  Comment: Reconstructed version

Date: 07-1971  /  Rated: SOA  /  Length: 8322 feet  /  Time: 92:28  /  Censored by 00:04  /  Reason: violence  /  Comment: Reconstructed version

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House of Dark Shadows (1970) - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

 

 

How, When and with Whom

Directed by Antonio Pietrangeli - Valerio Zurlini / 1969 / France-Italy / IMDb

Date: 07-1970  /  Rated: SOA  /  Length: 9267 feet  /  Time: 102:58  /  Censored by 00:25  /  Reason: indecency


 

 

 

 

Husbands

Directed by John Cassavetes / 1970 / USA / IMDb

Date: 07-1971  /  Rated: A  /  Length: 11813 feet  /  Time: 131:15  /  Censored by 00:04  /  Reason: indecent language

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Husbands (1970) - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

 

 

I Am Sartana Your Angel of Death

Directed by Giuliano Carnimeo / 1969 / Italy / IMDb

Date: 10-1971  /  Rated: Banned  /  Length: 9711 feet  /  Time: 107:54  /  Reason: excessive violence  /  Comment: May have been after the R-rating was introduced


 

 

 

 

I, a Woman

Directed by Mac Ahlberg / 1965 / Sweden / IMDb

Date: 12-1970  /  Rated: SOA  /  Length: 8146 feet  /  Time: 90:31  /  Censored by 00:22  /  Reason: indecency  /  Comment: Reconstructed version

Date: 04-1971  /  Rated: SOA  /  Length: 8000 feet  /  Time: 88:53  /  Censored by 00:27  /  Reason: indecency  /  Comment: Reconstructed version

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

Information provided by Shane Harrison.

Radley Metzger imported Mac Ahlberg's I, A WOMAN to America in the mid-1960s and made soft porn acceptable to the mainstream. I understand he made a few cuts to minimise the chance of the film being prosecuted.

I have two NTSC discs of the title. One is a DVD copy of a VHS sold in the 1990s by Something Weird Video. It is in Swedish with English subtitles, and appears to be the original uncut version. The other is Image Entertainment's official release from the early 2000s. This is a cut version, and is discussed as being a transfer of a recently discovered American cinema print.

Comparing the uncut Something Weird VHS to the cut Image DVD, I can see that just over one minute was removed from the American cinema print, with cuts to two scenes.

10:43 – 00:31 cut: A 41-second view of Siv (Essy Persson) masturbating naked was reduced to 10-seconds of side views only.

87:03 – 00:04 cut: View of rapist ripping Siv's panties and bra off. Pubic hair is shown which suggests the possible reason for the deletion in 1966.

87:38 – 00:13 cut: Close-up facial view of Siv as the rapist holds her hands down and covers her mouth as he thrust violently on top of her.

87:56 – 00:04 cut: Close-up of Siv struggling as her hands are held down as the rapist continues thrusting.

88:08 – 00:12 cut: A further close-up of Siv struggling as she is raped.  

The film opened at The Roma in Melbourne on February 11th 1971, where I saw a subtitled print that same month. I understand this was how it was initially released in America to keep up the appearance of it being an "Art" film and avoid the censors. This must have been the December 1970 submission.

My theory is that the shorter April 1971 submission could have been the dubbed print for release in Drive-in's or the regions that would not tolerate subtitles. If a dubbed version were a different cut from the subtitled one, which it appears to be in this case, then it would have to be resubmitted for a new certificate.

In Australia, the version I saw in 1971 had a particular cut at one point that identified its source as the reduced American cinema print. Just over a minute had already been removed from this version, before a further five minutes more were trimmed from the Australian SOA-rated version. It is hard to understand which cuts were the work of the censor, and which were the distributor. The latter was definitely responsible for some pre-cuts as a 'reconstructed version' was initially submitted.

The following footage was missing in the SOA-rated version that I saw. I have recorded the timing from the Image's DVD release of the American cinema print.

Obviously, the length of a couple of the cuts would be longer if it was taken from Something Weird's uncut Swedish print.

10:40 – 00:10 cut: Side view of a naked Siv (Essy Persson) masturbating on a bed. Her father plays the violin in the next room, which seems to be part of her excitement, as is her recalling of his religious ferver. The scene can be viewed in its American form on YouTube under the title I, A WOMAN: RELIGIOUS AND CARNAL RAPTURE. Here you can see the 10-seconds of footage cut in Australia.

34:09 – 00:31 cut: Now a nurse, Siv loses her virginity to an older patient. Footage was removed of him putting his hand up her dress and her face going into ecstasy as he stares into the camera, bringing her off.

35:20 – 00:15 cut: The patient kissing Siv down around her lower belly and her facial response.

36:41 – 02:33 cut: The scene ends after Siv lays on the bed topless. The missing footage was mainly of her facial reactions and orgasm as seen from her lover's viewpoint. Her mind recalls her father at one point. It clearly suggests she has father issues, a point that would have been lost on Australian audiences because of the censorship. The above scene containing the three cuts can be viewed in its complete form on YouTube under the title I, A WOMAN: SIV PASSIONATELY LOOSES HER VIRGINITY.

53:08 – I am not sure of the exact length of this cut, but footage was removed of a stripper lying on her back grinding while peeling her capri pants open, and feeling her G-stringed crotch.

69:20 – 00:23 cut: After being spanked, the scene ends as Siv and her boyfriend start kissing. Missing is a close-up of Siv with breasts exposed kissing her boyfriend by a riverbed. This scene can be viewed uncut on YouTube under the title I, A WOMAN: SIV'S TEASING AND PUNISHMENT BY HER LOVER.

86:03 - 01:24 cut: An uncomfortable scene where Siv accepts a brutal rape by a one nightstand. She feels she has finally met her equal and ends the scene laughing at the irony, much to the confusion of the rapist. The missing footage is of prolonged close-ups of mainly her face during the rape. She thinks of her past lovers as they appear on the screen, realises that they loved her, but she felt nothing for them, just like the one nightstand who is now abusing her. It clearly suggests she found the assault cathartic, which is jaw dropping in these more educated times. Censor cuts made this ending impossible to follow in Australia. It played out with him throwing her on the bed, followed by an obvious jump cut as we moved to a view of her laughing afterwards, just before the credits rolled. As previously mentioned, this scene was already censored in the American cinema print that was imported into Australia. The American edit of the scene can viewed on YouTube under the title I, A WOMAN: THE END WITH SIV'S RAPE AND HER LAUGHING REACTION.

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I, a Woman (1965) - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

 

 

The Ideal Marriage

Directed by Franz Josef Gottlieb / 1968 / West Germany / IMDb

Date: 09-1970  /  Rated: SOA  /  Length: 8206 feet  /  Time: 91:11  /  Censored by 03:01  /  Reason: indecency

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The Ideal Marriage (1968) - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

 

 

I Love Blue

Directed by Sven Methling / 1968 / Denmark / IMDb

Date: 07-1970  /  Rated: Banned  /  Length: 7702 feet  /  Time: 85:35  /  Reason: indecency


 

 

 

 

I Love My Wife

Directed by Mel Stuart / 1970 / USA / IMDb

Date: 01-1971  /  Rated: SOA  /  Length: 8533 feet  /  Time: 94:49  /  Censored by 00:20  /  Reason: indecency

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I Love My Wife (1970) - Daybill


 

 

 

 

The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant

Directed by Anthony M. Lanza / 1971 / USA / IMDb

Date: 06-1971  /  Rated: Banned  /  Length: 7762 feet  /  Time: 86:15  /  Reason: violence and indecency


 

 

 

 

The Incredible Invasion

Directed by Jack Hill - Juan Ibanez / 1971 / Mexico-USA / IMDb

Date: 12-1970  /  Rated: Banned  /  Length: 7816 feet  /  Time: 86:51  /  Reason: violence


 

 

 

 

I Never Sang for My Father

Directed by Gilbert Cates / 1970 / USA / IMDb

Date: 10-1970  /  Appeal: Against eliminations  /  Length: 8302 feet  /  Time: 92:15  /  Result: Appeal dismissed by Review Board

Date: 05-1971  /  Rated: G  /  Length: 8302 feet  /  Time: 92:15  /  Censored by 00:01  /  Reason: indecent language

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I Never Sang for My Father (1970) - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

 

 

In the Labyrinth of Love

Directed by Alfonso Brescia / 1969 / Italy / IMDb

Date: 07-1971  /  Rated: Banned  /  Length: 8937 feet  /  Time: 99:18  /  Reason: indecency


 

 

 

 

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Directed by Elio Petri / 1970 / Italy / IMDb

Date: 12-1970  /  Rated: SOA  /  Length: 10627 feet  /  Time: 118:05  /  Censored by 00:03  /  Reason: indecent language

Date: 05-1971  /  Rated: SOA  /  Length: 10243 feet  /  Time: 113:49  /  Censored by 00:01  /  Reason: indecency  /  Comment: English version


 

 

 

 

The Invincible Six

Directed by Jean Negulesco / 1970 / Iran-USA / IMDb

Date: 11-1970  /  Rated: A  /  Length: 8895 feet  /  Time: 98:50  /  Censored by 01:35  /  Reason: violence and indecency

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The Invincible Six (1970) - Paramount Pictures [au] Daybill


 

 

 

 

Island of Terror

Directed by Terence Fisher / 1966 / UK / IMDb

Date: 12-1970  /  Rated: A  /  Length: 7796 feet  /  Time: 86:37  /  Censored by 00:55  /  Reason: violence


 

 

 

 

Jeff

Directed by Jean Herman / 1969 / France-Italy / IMDb

Date: 06-1970  /  Rated: A  /  Length: 8243 feet  /  Time: 91:35  /  Censored by 02:31  /  Reason: violence


 

 

 

 

Jenny

Directed by George Bloomfield / 1970 / USA / IMDb

Date: 01-1971  /  Rated: A  /  Length: 8012 feet  /  Time: 89:01  /  Censored by 01:33  /  Reason: encouragement to drug abuse

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Jenny (1970) - - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

 

 

Joe

Directed by John G. Avildsen / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Date: 04-1971  /  Rated: Banned  /  Length: 9603 feet  /  Time: 106:42  /  Reason: indecency

Date: 05-1971  /  Appeal: Against rejection  /  Length: 9603 feet  /  Time: 106:42  / Result: Registered for a single screening only at each of the Sydney and Melbourne film festivals

Date: 12-1971  /  Rated: R  /  Length: 9550 feet  /  Time: 106:06 / Comment: Reconstructed version

Date: 11-1977  /  Rated: R  /  Length: 2853.00 meters  /  Time: 103:59 / Comment: Described as 'Full version', but has shorter running time


 

 

 

 

The Jungle of the City

Directed by Stavros Tsiolis / 1970 / Greece / IMDb

Date: 06-1971  /  Rated: A  /  Length: 9101 feet  /  Time: 101:07  /  Censored by 01:43  /  Reason: violence


 

 

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