Film Censorship May'70-Nov'71: T to Z


 

 

 

 

 

Tale of the Cock

Directed by John Derek - David Nelson / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Date: 11-1970 / Rated: SOA / Length: 9184 feet / Time: 102:03 / Censored by 00:13 / Reason: violence


 

 

 

 

Taste the Blood of Dracula

Directed by Peter Sasdy / 1970 / UK / IMDb 

Date: 07-1970 / Rated: Banned / Length: 8552 feet / Time: 95:01 / / Reason: violence /

Date: 08-1970 / Rated: Banned / Length: 8168 feet / Time: 90:45 / Reason: violence and indecency / Comment: Reconstructed version

Date: 10-1970 / Appeal: Against rejection / Length: 8168 feet / Time: 90:45 / Result: Appeal dismissed by Review Board / Comment: Reconstructed version


 

 

 

 

Teenage Outlaws

Directed by Peter Perry Jr. / 1967 / USA / IMDb

Date: 04-1971 / Rated: A / Length: 7704 feet / Time: 85:36 / Censored by 19:11 / Reason: violence and encouragement to drug abuse


 

 

 

 

Terror of the Vampires

Directed by Jean Rollin / 1971 / France / IMDb

Date: 07-1971 / Rated: Banned / Length: 8100 feet / Time: 90:00 / Reason: violence and indecency


 

 

 

 

There Was a Crooked Man...

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz / 1970 / USA / IMDb

Date: 10-1970 / Rated: SOA / Length: 11576 feet / Time: 128:37 / Censored by 00:46 / Reason: violence and indecency /


 

 

 

 

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Directed by Sydney Pollack / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Date: 06-1970 / Rated: AO / Length: 11177 feet / Time: 124:11 / Censored by 00:10 / Reason: indecent language 

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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) Three sheet poster


 

 

 

 

To Commit a Murder

Directed by Edouard Molinaro / 1967 / France-Italy-West Germany / IMDb

Date: 09-1971 / Rated: A / Length: 8153 feet / Time: 90:35 / Censored by 01:13 / Reason: violence /


 

 

 

 

Toomorrow

Directed by Val Guest / 1970 / UK-USA / IMDb

Date: 11-1970 / Rated: G / Length: 8534 feet / Time: 94:49 / Censored by 00:01 / Reason: indecent language /


 

 

 

 

The Touch

Directed by Ingmar Bergman / 1971 / Sweden-USA / IMDb

Date: 10-1971 / Rated: SOA / Length: 10427 feet / Time: 115:51 / Censored by 00:01 / Reason: indecent language


 

 

 

 

To Victory and Further

Directed by Zivorad 'Zika' Mitrovic / 1966 / Yugoslavia / IMDb

Date: 05-1970 / Rated: A / Length: 10317 feet / Time: 114:38 / Censored by 00:20 / Reason: violence /


 

 

 

 

The Traveling Executioner

Directed by Jack Smight / 1970 / USA / IMDb

Date: 11-1970 / Rated: Banned / Length: 8529 feet / Time: 94:46 / Reason: indecency

Date: 03-1971 / Appeal: Against rejection / Length: 8529 feet / Time: 94:46 / Result: Appeal dismissed by Review Board


 

 

 

 

Trog

Directed by Freddie Francis / 1970 / UK / IMDb

Date: 06-1971 / Rated: A / Length: 8000 feet / Time: 88:53 / Censored by 00:36 / Reason: violence

Information provided by Shane Harrison.

The following cuts were made to TROG to avoid an SOA (Suitable only for Adults) rating. It instead passed with the lower A (Not Suitable for Children) rating. The times of the three cuts, refer to an NTSC DVD.

73:39 – 00:12 cut: Trog beating Michael Gough before throwing him head first into a tree trunk and then into his car.

78:09 – 00:16 cut: Camera pans up the bleeding body of a butcher hanging off a butcher's hook, courtesy of Trog.

79:45 – 00:07 cut: Close up of Trog impaled on a stalagmite.

With the enormous success of COUNT YORGA VAMPIRE (1970) in late 1970 (Police were called to clear traffic jams on the first Saturday night screening of the film at the opulent State Theatre in Sydney), horror films started to a get more regular releases Down Under. Censorship was freeing up just a little, allowing titles that would have previously been banned. This did not mean they were not cut, but at least we got to see contemporary horror at the cinema.

Resubmitted and passed with an M-rating rating in January 1989.


 

 

 

 

 

Two-Lane Blacktop

Directed by Monte Hellman / 1971 / USA / IMDb

Date: 09-1971 / Rated: A / Length: 9215 feet / Time: 102:23 / Censored by 00:19 / Reason: indecent language

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Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

 

 

Two Mules for Sister Sara

Directed by Don Siegel / 1970 / Mexico-USA / IMDb

Date: 06-1970 / Rated: A / Length: 9349 feet / Time: 103:53 / Censored by 02:04 / Reason: violence

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Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) - Australian one sheet poster


 

 

 

 

Valdez Is Coming

Directed by Edwin Sherin / 1971 / USA / IMDb

Date: 06-1971 / Rated: A / Length: 8130 feet / Time: 90:20 / Censored by 00:13 / Reason: indecent language


 

 

 

 

The Vampire Lovers

Directed by Roy Ward Baker / 1970 / UK / IMDb

Date: 05-1971 / Rated: SOA / Length: 8051 feet / Time: 89:27 / Censored by 00:28 / Reason: violence

Information provided by Shane Harrison.

THE VAMPIRE LOVERS was enormously popular in Australia. The film was first cut in the UK by the BBFC to get an X-rating. That print was cut further in America by the MPAA to for an R-rating. Finally, the censored American R-rated print was cut even more by the Australian censors for a "Suitable Only for Adults" rating.

For this report, I timed the cuts from Shout Factory's NTSC Blu-ray "uncut" release. A half-a-second view of Kirsten Betts' severed head falling to the ground is still missing, even though the release states it is uncut. I compared this "uncut" Blu-ray with an NTSC VHS of the American R-rated print released in the 1990s. Fortunately, the Australian cinema SOA print screened on TV in Melbourne in the late 1970s, which I taped and was able to use here as well.

Shout Factory Blu-ray 91:17 (NTSC), includes opening MGM logo (00:09), and end logo (00:06).

 

British Board of Film Censorship (BBFC) cuts:
There is a lot of varied discussion about what the BBFC initially removed for the UK. For this film, Hammer chose to increase the sex and violence, testing the limits of the new X-rating, which had increased the age of admission from 16 to 18. I understand that three cuts were made before securing a BBFC certificate.

06:11 - Half second view of vampire (Kirsten Betts) severed head falling to the ground. This is still missing from the "uncut" Shout Factory Blu-ray.

32:11 - 00:02 cut: Frontal view of Camilla (Ingrid Pitt) rising from her bath replaced with a close up of Emma (Madeleine Smith) waiting for her with a towel.

88:28 – approx. 00:04 cut: General von Spielsdorf (Peter Cushing) forcing the stake deeper into Camilla as a follow up to the initial staking.

 

American version
The MPAA took the censored BBFC print and removed the following to produce the American R-rated version. Here is what was cut.

06:11 – For Kirsten Betts' decapitation, a few frames of the final stage of the head rolling from her shoulders were removed. The film then switches to solar tinting to obscure the gore of the severed head lying on the floor behind the opening credits. This tinting was added for the American release. The cut frames removed the sight of a gush of blood erupting from the severed neck. This was less than half-a-second in film time.

72:46 - 0.5-second or less cut: Repeat of the decapitation from the opening scene. A few frames of the final stage of head rolling from her shoulders were removed, taking out the gush of blood from the severed neck.

75:19 - 0.5-second cut: Bloody close-up of stake going into a female vampire.

75:37 – 0.5 second cut: Bloody close-up of stake going into a male vampire.

88:17 - 0.5-second cut: Bloody close-up of stake going into Camilla.

88:24 - 00:10 cut: General von Spielsdorf pushing the stake further into Camilla. This includes some surrounding footage that was removed for continuity.

88::37 - 00:11 cut: View of Camilla with bloody stake protruding from her chest. This includes some surrounding footage that was removed for continuity.

89:09 – 0.5 second cut: Close-up of Camilla's decapitation reduced to a subliminal flash.

89:11 - 00:02: View of Camilla's head held in the air.

89:20 - 1.5 second cut: View of Camilla's severed head being lowered into her coffin. Scene resumes after her bloody neck is out of frame.

 

Australian version
The Australian censor took the cut American R-rated print, and censored it further to produce a "Suitable only For Adults" version. Here is what was cut.

04:44 - 00:04 cut: Close up of the vampire's (Kirsten Betts) snarling, bloody mouth as she wipes her hand across it.

06:11 – 00:07 cut: Sword slicing through vampire's neck as head rolls from her shoulders, followed by a view of the head lying on the floor. When the sword is swung the film suddenly cuts to the credits with the severed head lying in the background obscured by solar tinting.

72:46 - 00:01 cut: Repeat of decapitation from the opening scene. Sword slicing through vampire's neck as head rolls from her shoulders.

75:41 - 00:06 cut: View of Baron von Hartog holding the bloody stake before throwing it down in exhaustion.

88:14 - 00:05 cut: General von Spielsdorf staking Camilla. The view of him taking aim, thrusting, and the bloody penetration were completely removed.

89:09 - View of Camilla being decapitated. This had already been reduced to a subliminal flash for the American release, while Australia removed the remaining few frames.

89:20 - 00:04 cut: View of Camilla's severed head being lowered into the coffin. Two seconds of this was had already censored for American audiences to remove views of Camilla's severed neck. The American version begins when head is below the bottom of the screen so that the severed neck is out of view.

 

In the early 1990s, an episode of THE SOUTH BANK SHOW titled THE DRACULA FILE screened here on SBS. At 32:20, the opening decapitation scene from THE VAMPIRE LOVERS was shown totally uncut, including a half second shot of Kirsten Betts' severed head falling to the ground. This view is still missing from all home entertainment releases. However, in November 2016 a German Blu-ray release under the title GRUFT DER VAMPIRE reinstated this missing half second to provide the first true uncut release. The quality of the footage and how it was inserted indicate that it was sourced from THE SOUTH BANK SHOW episode.



Resubmitted and passed with M-rating in October 1985. This Roadshow Home Video release was the censored American version.

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The Vampire Lovers (1970) Daybill


 

 

 

 

Vanishing Point

Directed by Richard C. Sarafian / 1971 / UK-USA / IMDb

Date: 04-1971 / Rated: Banned / Length: 9177 feet / Time: 101:58 / Reason: violence and incitement to crime and encouragement of drug abuse

Date: 07-1971 / Appeal: Against refusal of the Film Censorship Board to register / Length: 9177 feet / Time: 101:58 / Result: Decision of the Film Censorship Board confirmed

Date: 11-1971 / Rated: SOA / Length: 8963 feet / Time: 99:35 / Comment: Reconstructed version


 

 

 

 

Vendetta for the Saint

Directed by Jim O'Connolly / 1969 / UK / IMDb

Date: 05-1970 / Rated: A / Length: 8872 feet / Time: 98:35 / Censored by 00:18 / Reason: violence


 

 

 

 

Venus in Furs

Directed by Jess Franco / 1969 / Italy-UK-West Germany / IMDb

Date: 07-1970 / Rated: Banned / Length: 7747 feet / Time: 86:05 / Reason: indecency


 

 

 

 

Visibility Zero

Directed by Nikos Foskolos / 1970 / Greece / IMDb

Date: 12-1970 / Rated: A / Length: 10572 feet / Time: 117:28 / Censored by 00:47 / Reason: violence


 

 

 

 

Wages of Sin

Directed by Sergio Martino / 1969 / Italy / IMDb

Date: 07-1970 / Rated: Banned / Length: 9086 feet / Time: 100:57 / Reason: indecency and drug taking

Date: 08-1970 / Appeal: Against rejection / Length: 9086 feet / Time: 100:57 / Result: Appeal dismissed by Review Board


 

 

 

 

Watermelon Man

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles / 1970 / USA / IMDb

Date: 02-1971 / Appeal: Against eliminations / Length: 8974 feet / Time: 99:43 / Result: Appeal substantially upheld by Review Board

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Watermelon Man (1970) - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

 

 

Ways of Katmandu

Directed by André Cayatte / 1969 / France-Italy / IMDb

Date: 07-1971 / Rated: SOA / Length: 8977 feet / Time: 99:45 / Censored by 00:36 / Reason: indecency


 

 

 

 

Wedding Night

Directed by Piers Haggard / 1969 / Ireland-UK / IMDb

Date: 06-1970 / Rated: AO / Length: 8889 feet / Time: 98:46 / Censored by 00:25 / Reason: indecency

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Wedding Night (1969) - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

 

 

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

Directed by Val Guest / 1970 / UK / IMDb

Date: 11-1970 / Rated: A / Length: 9220 feet / Time: 102:27 / Censored by 00:20 / Reason: indecency

Date: 04-1971 / Rated: A / Length: 9220 feet / Time: 102:27 / Censored by 00:27 / Reason: indecency

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When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970) - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

 

 

Women in Love

Directed by Ken Russell / 1969 / UK / IMDb

Date: 06-1970  /  Appeal: Against eliminations / Length: 11765 feet  /  Time: 130:43  /  Result: Appeal dismissed by Review Board

Date: 10-1970  /  Rated: SOA  /  Length: 11735 feet  /  Time: 130:23  /  Censored by 01:00  /  Reason: indecency

Information provided by Shane Harrison.

The times refer to the 130:46 BFI Blu-ray Region B.

It is difficult to explain just how daring WOMEN IN LOVE was at the time of its release. This sensuous adult drama was released in Australia in late 1970, a year after its British premiere. Ken Russell pushed the cinema boundaries when bringing D.H.Lawrence's rather ponderous novel to the screen. Given the adult nature of the film, our censors were lenient compared to how they treated other more innocuous films at the time.

The following two scenes were cut in the print I saw at the time of its initial release, and again, years later, at The Astor in Melbourne. This footage was removed to secure a "Suitable Only for Adults" rating.

53:02 – 00:40 approx. cut: Rupert and Ursula (Jennie Linden) consummate their relationship in a forest. The scene cuts after Rupert starts taking Ursula's bloomers off, and only begins again at the final stage of their love scene.

84:43 – 00:18 approx. cut: Gerald and Gudrun make love for the first time. The footage that was removed was of Gerald groping Gudrun's bare breasts, then burying his head into them.

Three scenes that challenged the bluenoses worldwide went through unscathed here. They were:

13:51 - Rupert (Alan Bates) describes eating out a cut open fig as if performing cunnilingus

57:08 - The infamous full frontal nude wrestling scene between Rupert and Gerald (Oliver Reed)

114:19 - During normal consensual sex, Gerald violently penetrates Gudrun (Glenda Jackson). The scene was called "The Plunge" by the actors.

Resubmitted and passed with M (Medium level sex scenes, Nudity) rating in December 1993.

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Women in Love (1969) - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

 

 

Woodstock

Directed by Michael Wadleigh / 1970 / USA / IMDb

Date: 08-1970 / Rated: A / Length: 16444 feet / Time: 182:43 / Censored by 03:55 / Reason: indecent language and drug use


 

 

 

 

Yojimbo

Directed by Akira Kurosawa / 1961 / Japan / IMDb

Date: 12-1970 / Rated: A / Length: 9946 feet / Time: 110:31 / Censored by 00:01 / Reason: violence


 

 

 

 

Zabriskie Point

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni / 1970 / USA / IMDb

Date: 05-1970 / Rated: AO / Length: 9994 feet / Time: 111:03 / Censored by 01:10 / Reason: indecency

 

Censorship 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
Antonioni’s ZABRISKIE POINT, from which was cut one minute and 25 seconds (or 104 feet). The cut scenes showed Mark Frechette and Daria Halpin making love. Shot in a misty slow motion and showing fellatio and cunnilingus, the scene was not at all objectionable by any criterion known to me. It was, to some, quite tasteful.


 

 

 

 

Zachariah

Directed by George Englund / 1971 / USA / IMDb

Date: 05-1971 / Rated: A / Length: 8175 feet / Time: 90:50 / Censored by 00:07 / Reason: indecent language

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Zachariah (1971) - Australian Daybill Poster


 

 

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