Film Censorship: I #1





I Am a Nymphomaniac

Directed by Max Pecas / 1971 / France / IMDb

In July 1972, a 2236.31-meter (81:30) print of I AM A NYMPHOMANIAC was banned because of 'indecency'.

A 2719-meter (99:06) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating in October 1973. The applicant was once again Roadshow Distributors. It is unclear why this second submission was longer then the first.





I, a Woman No. 2

Directed by Mac Ahlberg / 1968 / Denmark / IMDb

In December 1971, a 7163-foot (79:35) version of I, A WOMAN NO. 2 was banned because of 'indecency'. Filmways Australasia was the applicant.





The Idiots

aka Dogma 2 "The Idiots"

Directed by Lars von Trier / 1998 / Denmark / IMDb

Palace Films had a 115m 35mm print of THE IDIOTS passed with an R18+ (Adult themes; Medium level sex scene) rating in July 1999.

An orgy sequence featuring actual sex was pre-censored before the film was submitted for rating. It was this version that Palace Films released theatrically and that Roadshow released on VHS.



THE IDIOTS: The censored footage

The censored Roadshow tape ran 109:04 and was missing the following.

Before - The group role around naked in the garden. The subtitles say "Yes, Susanne" "Okay, I'll take these off too"

CENSORED AT 72:25 (24s missing) - The group are shown having sex. An erection, and two shots of penetration are shown.

After - The camera pans up to a shot of the girl sitting on the window ledge.


This was a very lazy cut by Palace Films. The controversial material does not last anywhere near the 24 seconds that were removed. The version that played on SBS (see below) was more carefully censored. Some of the orgy sequence could be seen, and only the penetration/erection footage was removed.

The cover of the Roadshow tape incorrectly claims that THE IDIOTS was BANNED IN THE USA. They would have been more truthful if they had said CENSORED IN AUSTRALIA.



ROMANCE and Actual Sex in R18+

Soon after the release of THE IDIOTS, the film ROMANCE was banned by the Classification Board, and then passed by the Review Board. This overturned the long held belief that real sex could not be seen in an R-rated feature. It was no doubt with this in mind that the World Movies Pay-TV channel premiered the uncut version of THE IDIOTS, despite the film (at that moment) never having been passed in full.

In March 2003 the film received an SBS premier. Due to the restrictions placed on the screening of R18+ rated features on TV, the film had to be edited back to an MA15+. Full credit to Margaret Pomeranz who introduced the film and warned potential viewers that it had been necessary for SBS to make one cut. The print ran 109:16 and was missing the erection and penetration scene. This compares with 109:31 for the uncut print that screened on World Movies.



Uncut DVD release

The Australian DVD debut took place in March 2005 courtesy of Umbrella Entertainment. This was despite it not being officially rated (as DOGMA 2: "THE IDIOTS") until September 2005. This uncut release was awarded an R18+ (High Level Themes, High Level Sex Scenes).


The Idiots - Roadshow [au] VHSThe Idiots - Umbrella Entertainment [au] DVD





I Do Voodoo

Produced by Reel Images - Video Yesteryear / 1970 / USA / IMDb

In January 1981, a 50-minute video of I DO VOODOO was banned because of sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

Hollywood House Video was the applicant.





The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire

Directed by Riccardo Freda / 1971 / France-Italy-West Germany / IMDb

In August 1972, a 2624.00-meter (95:54) print of THE IGUANA WITH TH TONGUE OF FIRE was banned because of 'indecency and excessive violence'.

Filmways Australasia censored 27.12-meters (00:59) of 'excessive violence' and were awarded an R-rating in February 1973. This 2604.80-meter (95:12) version was submitted as L'IGUANA DI FUOCO.



Review by Matt
New Entertainment World DVD (Germany) 91:43

These are the main scenes of 'excessive violence' that may have been trimmed for the Australian release of THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE.

05:00 – The first victim has acid thrown in her face (a very fake looking effect), and her throat cut.

39:30 – Norton has a flashback to him beating a prisoner, who eventually shoots himself in the head. The suicide is shown for a second time at 53:30.

74:30 – Mandel the chauffer has his throat cut.

89:30 – The bloody face of the killer is shown after he jumps from a widow and lands on a car.

The censor also mentioned 'indecency' as a reason for initially banning the film, but only 'excessive violence' was listed as being removed when it finally received an R-rating. The 'indecency' consists of two very tame scenes of couples kissing (at 30:00 and 78:00) where they are shown naked from the waist up. In addition, beginning at 85:00, there are several topless shots of Norton's daughter.





I Like the Girls Who Do

aka Oh Lucky Boy! 

Directed Hans Billian / 1973 / West Germany / IMDb

In December 1975, a 2166.00-meter (78:57) print of I LIKE THE GIRLS WHO DO was censored by 54.50-meters (01:59) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Consolidated Exhibitors were the applicant.


In February 1984, Blake Films had an 80m videotape passed with an R-rating under the title OH LUCKY BOY! The tape was released on their Palace Vibrant Video label and had an actual running time of 76:13 (PAL).

Image courtesy of AussieRoadshow


I Like the Girls Who Do (1973) - Palace Vibrant Video [au] VHS





I Love You, I Love You Not

Directed by James Bryan / 1974 / USA / IMDb 

In February 1978, a 2414.00-meter (87:59) print of I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU NOT was censored by 39:00-meters (01:25) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

14th Mandolin was the applicant. It was released on their King of Video label.





Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS

Directed by Don Edmonds / 1975 / Canada / IMDb

In August 1975, a 2386.41-meter (86:59) print of ILSA: SHE WOLF OF THE SS was banned because on 'indecency and excessive violence'. This was confirmed by the Films Board of Review in September 1975.

Despite being censored down to 2105.30-meters (76:44), it was refused a rating again in November 1976. 'Indecency and excessive violence' were again given as the reasons. This was confirmed by the Films Board of Review in December 1976.

Filmways Australasia Distributors were the applicant.


ILSA: banned on video

In October 1983, an 86m videotape of ILSA: SHE WOLF OF THE SS was banned because of violence, which was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

This was the Italian language tape released on the Torino Video label as ILSA: LA BELVA DELLE SS.

Torino Video was listed as being the applicant.


Customs and the Censor: The ILSA in Australia

Jess Franco's unofficial sequel, GRETA THE MAD BUTCHER (1977)  (aka ILSA, THE WICKED WARDEN) was banned by the censor in October 1977.

The Censorship Board have only ever passed one of the ILSA series for release in Australia. An 87m videotape of ILSA, HAREM KEEPER OF THE OIL SHEIKS (1976) was rated in August 1982. This was an Italian language release and was classified with an R-rating under the title ILSA DE BELVA DEL DESERTO.

In October 1991, ILSA, HAREM KEEPER OF THE OIL SHEIKS was part of a package that was seized by the Australian Customs Service. They were forwarded to the OFLC, where the Film Censorship Board examined it and recommended it be released.

In January 2005 there is a report of customs delaying delivery of the Anchor Bay's ILSA DVD Box set. The titles in the shipment were SHE WOLF OF THE SS (1975), HAREM KEEPER OF THE OIL SHEIKS (1976), and THE WICKED WARDEN (1977). The package was eventually delivered with a letter informing that they had been delayed because they were suspected of falling within the scope of Regulation 4A of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.


Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS (1975) - Torino Video [it] VHS





Image Lovers

Directed by Omiros Efstratiadis / 1972 / Greece / IMDb

In August 1972, a 2272.28-meter (82:49) print of IMAGE LOVERS was censored by 87.48-meters (03:11) for an R-rating.

The cuts were made to remove 'indecency and incitement to drug abuse'.

Lyra Films were the applicant.


A post by iordanis1970 at the Cinehound Forum identified IMAGE LOVERS as being released on tape in Australia.

Greek Exploitation Covers & Posters
iordanis1970, Sep 24 2010

AKA Image of Love
AKA Kynigimenoi erastes from VIDEO HELLAS AUSTRALIA



IMAGE LOVERS (1972): The sex and drugs

Review by Matt
Title on print - IMAGE OF LOVE
English credits
Greek language
Distributor - Vasilis Alatas (V.A.) Films
Running time - 85:26

The ‘indecency’ cut from IMAGE LOVERS would have come from the reasonably explicit softcore sex. Some or all of the following scenes may have had to be censored in some way.

Angelos and Samantha have sex in a field (06:30), and in a barn (26:00). The print I viewed may have been slightly trimmed as the music jumps in the first scene at 07:37 as he is shown getting on top of her.

A man attempts to rape Samantha after they pick her and Angelos up as hitchhikers. She is shown struggling as he hits, and tries to kiss her (32:00).

A couple have sex in bed, before the woman’s brother bursts into the room and shoots them both dead (46:00).

Angelos is shown having sex with the rich woman (66:00). This is followed by two couples having sex together in a room. The women are shown kissing, while the men lay together. This combined sequence is the longest, and most explicit in the film.

The 'incitement to drug abuse' takes place at 40:00. Angelos shares a joint with a group of hippies sitting around a fire as one of them sings and plays guitar. This is intercut with a couple having sex.


Image Lovers (1972) - Video Hellas [au] VHSImage Lovers (1972) - Censored drug use scene



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