Film Censorship: P #2


 

 

 

 

The Porn Brokers

Directed by John Lindsay – Laurence Barnett  / 1973 / UK / IMDb

In March 1974, a 2708.00-meter (98:59) 35mm print of THE PORN BROKERS was passed with an R-rating. To achieve this, Consolidated Exhibitors had to remove 30.48-meters (01:07) of footage. The Censorship Board had demanded the cuts because of ‘indecency’.

 

A ‘reduced version’ of THE PORN BROKERS was next classified in October 1982. This time, Blake Films had a 2633.28-meter (96:15) 35mm print passed with an R-rating.

The reason given for the rating was sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Justified

 

In February 1984, Blake Films had a 96m videotape passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for the same reasons as the October 1982 submission.

THE PORN BROKERS was released on tape by Palace Vibrant Video with a running time of 94:54.

 

 

THE PORNBROKERS (1973): Softcore vs. Hardcore versions

Thanks to Mike for this comparison.

Palace Vibrant Video (Aus) – 94:54
X-rated version (US) – 76:42

I located the Australian version of THE PORNBROKERS through e-bay, and compared it to our US print.

These two versions of THE PORNBROKERS are very different, and contain footage that is exclusive to each. Both are edited completely differently. An exact side-by-side comparison would be a nightmare.

 

Some observations.

The X-rated version is missing most of the credits that are shown being printed out by a typewriter. The PVV has the full credits.

The X-rated version contains non-stop hardcore. This is either film, or still shots. It also includes bestiality stills of a woman and a horse. This is missing from the PVV version.

The PVV version only shows a handful of hardcore stills. The filmed sex is softcore. There is however some graphic female masturbation footage.

The PVV version contains an interview with UK artist Nicholas Treadwell. This is missing from the X-rated version.

The X-rated version contains a hardcore scene with two guys and a girl on a park bench. This looks like it was filmed in the US, as one of the actors appears to be Jamie Gillis. This is missing from the PVV version.

The making of John Lindsay’s WET DREAM short runs for around 30 minutes in the PVV version. The X-rated version shortens it considerably, but does include hardcore footage.

The Lasse Braun interview is longer in the PVV version.

 

The interview with Dutch pornographer Joop Wilhelmus is much longer in the PVV version. It also contains an interesting audio cut.

Joop Wilhelmus in PVV version: “…the same child of mine can sit in front of a television set at seven o’clock in the evening, and see the seven o’clock news, and see how in Vietnam, the Americans are destroying a people, you know, a very poor people, in any disgusting way you can imagine, and even some ways you can’t imagine.”

Joop Wilhelmus in X-rated version: An audio cut has been made to remove “...how in Vietnam, the Americans are destroying a people, you know, a...”

In the longer PVV version, Wilhelmus continues talking about how the Scandinavian countries were the first to oppose the Vietnam war.

Joop Wilhelmus's daughter, joins him and her mother, and sits silently while the interview takes place. Wilhelmus talks about how he has allowed his daughter to see any pornography from a very young age, and that he is more concerned about violence. This is in both versions, and although it is a bit unsettling to watch, it is only what he is saying that is controversial. However, this scene took on a completely new meaning when I found an entry for Wilhelmus on Dutch Wikipedia. It claims that he produced a child pornography magazine called Lolita, and in the late 80s was charged with the rape of his daughters. He served four years in prison, and died in 1994.

 

Overall, THE PORNBROKERS is an interesting snapshot of the early-70s European sex industry. Of the two versions, the PVV one is the more interesting. It contains longer interview footage, and extended shots of locations such as the Copenhagen and Hamburg red-light districts. As I mentioned, they are edited completely differently, so deducing what was censored from the PVV version would be very difficult.

Incidentally, in April 1973 the BBFC banned THE PORNBROKERS in the UK. It was only passed with an X-rating in 1977 after being censored down to 58:40! 

 

The Pornbrokers (1973) - Palace Vibrant Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Pornography in Hollywood

aka The Blue Box

Directed by Carlos Tobalina / 1972 / IMDb

In September 1980, an 1857.90-meter (67:43) print of PORNOGRAPHY IN HOLLYWOOD was banned because of sex. It was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

A 1543.60-meter (56:16) 'reconstructed version' was also banned in November 1980. The sex was now only found to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

The film was finally passed with an R-rating in February 1981; in the form of a 'second reconstructed version' that ran 1509.95-meter (55:02). The sex had been further reduced to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

In all cases, 14th Mandolin was the applicant.

It was reportedly released on their King of Video label in the early 1980s.

In the mid-1980s, 14th Mandolin retitled it THE BLUE BOX, and released on their Pink Video label.

 

Pornography in Hollywood (1972) - Pink Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

The Porno Kings

aka Les Pornocrates

Directed by Jean-Francois Davy / 1976 / France / IMDb

In March 1977, a 2493.60-meters (90:53) print of LES PORNOCRATES was banned because of 'indecency'. A heavily censored 1645.00-meter (59:57) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating in July 1977.

Consolidated Exhibitors was the applicant.

 

Review by Simon
The French DVD of LES PORNOCRATES runs 83:15, and has English subtitles. It includes many hardcore sex scenes throughout the film, so it is understandable why it lost 30 minutes to the Australian censor.

Some of Jean-François Davy's other films had problems in Australia. These include MECHANICAL BANANAS (1973), EXHIBITION (1975), and PROSTITUTION (1975).


 

 

 

 

Portraits of Women

Directed by Jorn Donner / 1970 / Finland / IMDb

In March 1972, an 8010-feet (89:00) print of PORTRAITS OF WOMEN was censored by 174-feet (01:50) to remove 'indecency'.

Roadshow Distributors released the cut R-rated print theatrically.


 

 

 

 

The Possession 

Directed by ? / 1974 / USA / IMDb

In December 1981, a 658.60-meter (60:01) 16mm print of THE POSSESSION was banned because of sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

A censored 493.65-meter (44:58) version was passed with an R-rating in March 1982. The sex was now found to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin was the applicant.

 

Review by Simon
THE POSSESSION (onscreen title, POSSESSED) was released on DVD by After Hours Cinema in the US as part of their GRINDHOUSE POSSESSION TRIPLE FEATURE COLLECTION. It also includes THE DOCTOR DISCIPLES and THE MEDALLION.

At 58:02, the film runs slightly shorter than the one submitted for rating. The 15 minutes of censorship would have been to the hardcore sex. There would be little to recommend about the film with this gone.


 

 

 

 

Possession of Emanuelle

Producer L.A. Prods / 197?/8? / USA / IMDb link required

In August 1981, a 481.20-meter (43:51) 16mm print of POSSESSION OF EMANUELLE was banned because of sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

GL Film Enterprises was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Predator 2

Directed by Stephen Hopkins / 1990 / USA / IMDb

In January 1991, an uncut 107m 35mm print of PREDATOR 2 was passed with an R18+ (Assaultive coarse language, Drug abuse, Some graphic violence) rating.

Hoyts-Fox-Columbia Tristar chose to censor the print down to 105m to remove the more explicit scenes of violence. For their efforts, in March 1991, they were awarded a more commercial M (Assaultive coarse language, Frequent violence) rating. The introduction of the MA15+ rating was still two years away.

It was this version that was released theatrically and on tape by CBS/Fox Video. Thanks to Stephen F. for the cover scan.

Movie-Censorship has a comparison between the M-rated CBS/Fox Video tape, and the uncut version. It documents cuts to six scenes, that total 42.5 seconds.

GnC Films has produced a video that examines the Australian censorship history, and shows the location of the cut footage.

 

 

R18+ video release

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment re-released PREDATOR 2 on video as part of a 10th ANNIVERSARY DOUBLE PACK that included the original film. The tape was M-rated.

Thanks to Peter F. for pointing that PREDATOR 2 was re-released on video in an uncut R18+ version.
Predator 2 was released UNCUT on VHS
Time on VHS 103:28 (approx) (Fox Logo and Credits included) (PAL)
Time on DVD (Special Edition) 103:33 (PAL)

 

 

Uncut on DVD

In 2001, Fox Home Entertainment released the uncut R-rated print of PREDATOR 2 on DVD. This restored around 40 seconds. Michael D's has a detailed look at the missing footage.

 

Ironically, at the same time we were given the chance to see the extra footage in PREDATOR 2, the original PREDATOR (1987) was for the first time given a censored release in Australia. This was due to Fox Home Entertainment sourcing a cut print.

 

 

Re-rated MA15+

In March 2005, disc one of the PREDATOR 2: SPECIAL EDITION was passed with an MA15+ (Drug use; High level violence; Medium level coarse language; Medium level sex scene) rating. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment released it on DVD.

 

Despite the re-rating, the cover of the April 2008 release still carried the M (Assaultive coarse language, Frequent violence) rating.
Peter F. confirms that despite the lower rating, it was still uncut, and that:
...it runs for 103:35, 2-seconds longer than the special edition DVD (MA15+).

 

The two-disc DEFINITIVE EDITION DVD, and October 2009 Blu-Ray, are both correctly labeled with the MA15+ rating.

 

Predator 2 (1990) - CBS/Fox Video [au] VHS 1Predator 2 (1990) - 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment [au] VHS 2

 

Predator 2 (1990) - Fox Entertainment [au] DVD1Predator 2 (1990) - Fox Entertainment [au] DVD 2Predator 2 (1990) - Fox Entertainment [au] DVD 3Predator 2 (1990) - Fox Entertainment [au] DVD 4Predator 2 (1990) - Fox Entertainment [au] Blu-Ray


 

 

 

 

Pretty Wet Lips

aka Women in Peril

Directed by Carl Stanfill / 1974 / USA / IMDb

In September 1974, a 2224.00-meter (81:04) print of PRETTY WET LIPS was banned because of 'indecency'.

A cut 2012.00-meter (73:20) version was refused in November 1974. The following month, the Films Board of Review confirmed this decision of Film Censorship Board.

The same 2012.00-meter (73:20) print of was resubmitted for possible classification in November 1976. However, once again it was banned because of 'indecency'.

In all three cases, Blake Films was the applicant.

 

In March 1981, a heavily censored 669.70-meters (61:01) 16mm print was submitted under the title WOMEN IN PERIL. This was banned because of sex and violence, which were found to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

A 633.70-meter (57:45) version was refused in September 1981. The violence had obviously been toned down, as now, only the sex was found to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

It was Refused Registration for a third time in March 1982 in a 'second reconstructed version' running 623.50-meter (56:49). The sex was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

However, 'sexual violence' was now also listed as a reason for refusal.

In these three cases, 14th Mandolin was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Prey

Directed by Norman J. Warren / 1978 / UK / IMDb

In September 1979, a 2314.70-meter (84:22) print of PREY was submitted for classification. It was passed with an R-rating after 6.4-meters (00:14) of ‘excessive violence’ was removed.

Greater Union Film Distributors released the censored version theatrically.

 

During the late 70s and early 80s, Norman J. Warren had a bad run in Australia. As well as PREY, his SATAN’S SLAVE (1976) and TERROR (1978) were both censored for R-ratings.

 

 

PREY: The censored scene

Review by Matt
The UK Anchor Bay DVD runs 77:43 (PAL).

The 14s removed by the Australian censor would have been taken from the climatic scene where Anders kills and eats Jessica. It runs as follows.

73:08 to 74:17 – Anders and Jessica are having sex. He begins to get rough, and starts to change into his real Alien self. He kills Jessica with a bite to the neck. Jo enter the room and sees him over the body of Jessica. He turns and looks at her.

Note, the Anchor Bay DVD is not uncut. It contains a version of the film that is missing four minutes. This full version was released on VHS by Comet Video in the US, and in Canada by Studio One. This would have been the version (minus the 14s) that played theatrically in Australia.

Using the Canadian tape as a reference, Wikipedia lists the missing footage as:

At 00:30:00, Jessica talks to Anders about being scared, Josephine talks about music, in the bedroom Jessica and Josephine argue about Anders, and finally in the kitchen Jessica and Anders talk. This sequence is three and a half minutes.

At 00:36:15 a 10 second shot of Anders sitting in a chair is deleted,  

At 01:15:00 a door opening is shortened by 1 second,

At 01:21:15 a 10 second sequence of Anders eating flesh and Josephine running down a corridor is deleted.

Until the 2004 Anchor Bay DVD, all British prints were also cut during the cannibal scene.

 

 

Featured in TERROR ON TAPE (1983)

The censored cannibalism scene from PREY (identified as ALIEN PREY) was shown in the TERROR ON TAPE (1983) compilation. This was banned by the Censorship Board in March 1985.

Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Prey (1978) - Greater Union Film Distributors [au] Daybill     Prey (1978) - Censored Scene 01Prey (1978) - Censored Scene 02


 

 

 

 

Prison Girls

Directed by Tom DeSimone / 1972 / USA / IMDb

In June 1974, a 2044.90-meter (74:32) print of PRISON GIRLS was censored by 56.69-meters (02:04) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency and excessive violence'.

Roadshow Distributors was the applicant.

 

Review by Simon
Print from EpixHD.com
Running time - 94:32 (NTSC) (not including the MGM intro)

The print of PRISON GIRLS that I viewed ran 20-minutes longer than the 74:32 version that was submitted to the Censorship Board. This indicates that it was pre-cut before being rated.

The sex is softcore, but of the more explicit kind. It makes up a good deal of the running time, so it is easy to see why so much footage was trimmed.

The cuts for 'excessive violence' may have come from these two scenes.

20m approx: A 30-second sequence where Mike strips and beats Kay.

43m approx: A 7-minute sequence where Hawk and his gang strip and humiliate Joyce. She is eventually raped by Ken and Hawk.


 

 

 

 

Prison Heat

Directed by Joel Silberg / 1993 / USA / IMDb

In 1993, Warner Home Video had a 91m videotape of PRISON HEAT banned by the OFLC.

A 95m version was passed with an R18+ (Medium level violence) rating in June 1993. We are unsure why this version was four minutes longer, and if it was ever released.

 

 

PRISON HEAT: The sexual violence

Thanks to Simon for this look at the uncut version. All the scenes that he mentions are documented in this Schnittberichte report.

The US Cannon Video release runs 91:08. The OFLC definitely banned the film for sexual violence. Here are the scenes that I suspect would have been the problem.

28:25 to 29:30 – Hellena throws Bonnie to the ground, and tears off her top. She then puts her hand down Bonnie’s underwear and sexually assaults her.

35:10 to 36:30 – Saladin pulls off Bonnie’s top and pushes her over the desk. He rips off her underwear and rapes her. This is probably the most explicit sexual assault scene in the film and would have definitely have been the main cause for the ban.

 

These following scenes are not quite as strong, but some may have been a problem.

48:40 to 48:50 – Bonnie is told to strip naked. She does so while looking scared.

51:10 to 52:50 – Bonnie is shown naked on the floor of the shower as Saladin is getting dressed. He says, “Soon you will learn to enjoy this” before he leaves. She walks to the mirror, smashed it, and holds a piece of glass to her wrist.

73:55 to 74:20 – Saladin tears Bonnie’s top open and rubs her breasts. He demands she tell him what is going on. She refuses so he slaps her to the ground. He tells the Lebanese brothel owner that she is his.

75:38 to 75 51 – The Lebanese man is shown on top of Bonnie as she fights back.

77:50 to 78:25 – Bonnie continues fighting the Lebanese man and stabs him in the back before Saladin returns.


 

 

 

 

The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann

Directed by Radley Metzger / 1974 / USA / IMDb

In June 1976, a 2309.40-meter (84:11) print of THE PRIVATE AFTERNOONS OF PAMELA MANN was banned because of 'indecency'.

Regent Trading Enterprises were the applicant.

 

It was Refused Registration again in November 1981. The 2280.60-meter (83:08) print was banned because of sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

Blake Films were the applicant.

 

A 75m videotape of THE PRIVATE AFTERNOONS OF PAMELA MANN was passed with an X18+ (Contains sexually explicit material) rating in August 1997.

The AXIS Group were the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Private Lessons

Directed by Alan Myerson / 1981 / USA / IMDb

In August 1981, an 86-minute tape of PRIVATE LESSONS was banned because of the 'sexual exploitation of a minor'

Star Video was the applicant.

 

In November 1981, a 2370.60-meter (86:39) print was once more banned because of the 'sexual exploitation of a minor'. Sunn Classic Productions appealed to the Review Board, but lost in December 1981.

Here is how CINEMA PAPERS saw it at the time.
Private Lessons, the inane banning of which was reported in the previous issue went to appeal in December, but the Films Board of Review rejected the film.
Australia, it seems, is about the only country that won't be seeing this film.

Following the ban, PRIVATE LESSONS was censored down to 2323-meters (84:40) and resubmitted for classification.

This proved to be to no avail, as this 'reduced version' was Refused Registration in May 1982. Again, the reason was the 'sexual exploitation of a minor'.

PRIVATE LESSONS was finally passed in July 1982. The R-rating was awarded for 'adult concepts'. This third submission ran 2112.11-meters (76:59), and was described as the 'producer's reduced version'.

This heavily censored print did not prevent the Censorship Board from insisting on a further 0.5-meters (00:02) of cuts before awarding the R-rating. This final snip of the scissors was once more for the 'sexual exploitation of a minor'.

It was this censored version, missing over ten minutes of footage, that went on to be released theatrically in Australia.

In all cases, Sunn Classic Productions was the applicant.

 

 

Censored and banned video releases

Following the theatrical release, Rigby-CIC Video released PRIVATE LESSONS. This heavily censored tape ran 77:12.

In August 1983, PRIVATE LESSONS was yet again banned because of the 'sexual exploitation of a minor'. The tape submitted by Howard Smith Industries ran 86-minutes, which may have made it uncut.

In February 1984, it became law for all videotapes to be classified. The censors began the slow task of reviewing all the titles that had been released up until that time. They finally got to the Rigby-CIC Video release of PRIVATE LESSONS in November 1984. It was confirmed with an R-rating, which was awarded for 'sexual allusions'.

 

 

Censored DVD release

It would be over twenty years before PRIVATE LESSONS was again classified in Australia. In September 2005, the OFLC passed Umbrella Entertainment's VHS with an R18+ (Adult themes) rating. The DVD was released in January 2006. The fact that Umbrella submitted the film on VHS maybe provides a clue to what version they eventually released.

The running time of the full screen DVD was 77:12, exactly the same as the old Rigby-CIC VIdeo released twenty-three years earlier. It looks like Umbrella decided to play it very safe with PRIVATE LESSONS. Perhaps they sensed that the intervening years had not made it any easier for the subject matter to pass the censors.

 

 

PRIVATE LESSONS: The censored scenes

Despite being censored of nearly ten minutes of footage in Australia, it is not easy to identify what was removed. This may have something to do with the print being the 'Producer's reduced version'.

Here is a rundown of the scenes that may have been a problem and subjected to cuts.

 

At 22m approx: Ms Mallow undresses in front of Philly. This scene does not seem cut, but it is the most obvious place for the often-mentioned full frontal nudity.

At 30m approx: Philly shares a bath with Ms Mallow. There is possibly a brief cut (the missing 2s?) after Ms Mallow says, "I'll wash your shoulders". Philly then smiles nervously. It seems slightly cut between this and the next front on shot where Ms Mallow kisses Philly on the cheek.

At 39m approx: Philly and Ms Mallow arrive home and are going to have sex for the first time. The scene ends after Philly leaves the room when he senses Ms Mallow does not love him. Nothing seems cut here.

At 48m approx: Ms Mallow and Philly have sex for the first time. This scene has definitely been modified as none of the sex is shown. Philly shouting, "Ms Mallow are you okay" plays out over a slow motion pan over the bedroom floor. The footage seems to have been deliberately slowed to mask a cut.

At 73m approx: Ms Mallow and Philly say goodbye. The scene ends with them collapsing on the bed together. Nothing seems cut here.

 

The IMDb makes a mention of a TV version that removes the opening credits scene of the couple in the car, and of Philly sharing a bath with Ms Mallow. This is not the version we have on DVD and VHS.

 

In February 2006, Artisan in the U.S. released a 25th Anniversary DVD. Reviews mention that a couple of scenes of full frontal nudity have been optically fogged. Note that our version contains no full frontal nudity at all.

 

In February 2006, the Cinema Club label in the UK released PRIVATE LESSONS on DVD. Like Australia, the film has always had problems with the censors. So it was not surprising that that the DVD was also cut.

From Melon Farmers.
Cuts were made in several scenes under the Protection of Children Act. Basically every shot where you could see Kristel's nudity and the boy in the same shot was removed. The scenes affected were the striptease, the bath scene and the two sex scenes. In the storyline the boy was meant to be 15 years old

 

Private Lessons (1981) - Rigby-CIC Video [au] VHSPrivate Lessons (1981) - Umbrella Entertainment [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

Private Nurse

Directed by Gerard Kikoine / France / 1978 / IMDb

In July 1979, a 2139.54-meter (77:59) print of PRIVATE NURSE was censored by 17.30-meters (00:38) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove ‘indecency’.

Blake Films was the applicant.

 

Roadshow launched their Vibrant Video label in late 1982 with PRIVATE NURSE as one of their initial offerings. All of the following submissions are presumably referring to this release.

In February 1984, a 78m tape was passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Blake Films were again the applicant.

That month also saw Pakenham Video Library awarded the same rating to an 80m tape.

It was again classified with an R-rating in May 1985. The 76m tape was submitted by Roadshow Home Video. The sex was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com 
Video image courtesy of AussieRoadshow

 

Private Nurse (1978) - Blake Films [au] Daybill     Private Nurse (1978) - Roadshow's Vibrant Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Private Obsession

Directed by Lee Frost / 1995 / USA / IMDb

In 1995, Peacock Films had a 103m print of PRIVATE OBSESSION banned by the OFLC.

 

The plot concerns a man who kidnaps and hold prisoner a feminist fashion model. The plot is sleazy, and Shannon Whirry spends much of the time topless, but it contains zero scenes of sexual violence.

There are two instances where she seduces her captor in an effort to escape. However, these are not scenes that should have resulted in an RC-rating. We can only speculate that the Classification Board did not approve of the overall plot of the film.

The uncut U.S. DVD from Image ran 100:51.


 

 

 

 

Private Parts 

Directed by Paul Bartel / 1972 / USA / IMDb

In October 1972, a 2440.00-meters (88:56) print of PRIVATE PARTS was banned because of 'indecency'.

The decision was confirmed by the Films Board of Review in December 1972. The unsuccessful appeal was made by MGM/BEF Film Distributors.


 

 

 

 

Pro-Ball Cheerleaders

aka Pro-Ball Hookers

Directed by Jack Genero / 1979 / USA / IMDb

In November 1979, a 1739.50-meter (63:24) 'pre-censor cut version' of PRO-BALL CHEERLEADERS was banned because of 'indecency and indecent language'.

A 1561.73-meter (56:55) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating in April 1980. It was awarded for sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

In both cases, Greg Lynch Film Distributors was the applicant.

The Censorship Board noted in May 1980:
Title of film show as PRO-BALL CHEERLEADERS (April 1980) has been altered to PRO-BALL HOOKERS

 

In July 1981, a 70-minute tape titled PRO-BALL CHEERLEADERS was banned because of sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

A.Faiman was the applicant.

 

PRO-BALL CHEERLEADERS was released on tape in the early 1980s by Fantasm Video. It appears that none of their catalogue was rated, as it contains bestiality titles such as HIM, HER AND PETS and ANIMAL LUST, as well as the perpetually banned WATER POWER (1977). They appear to have been a mail order only operation, that existed prior to the February 1984 introduction of the X-rating.

Image courtesy of AussieRoadshow

 

Pro-Ball Cheerleaders (1979) - Fantasm Video [au] VHS frontPro-Ball Cheerleaders (1979) - Fantasm Video [au] VHS rear


 

 

 

 

The Prodigal Son

Directed by Sammo Hung / 1981 / Hong Kong / IMDb

Note: A Hong Kong film with the same title was passed with an M-rating in March 1981. This was a different film, that was produced in 1976.

 

In April 1982, a 2982.90-meter (108:44) 'pre-censor cut version' of THE PRODIGAL SON was passed with an R-rating.

It was awarded for violence, which was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Grand Film Corp was the applicant.

 

In January 2005, an uncut DVD of THE PRODIGAL SON was passed with an R18+ (Medium level violence) classification.

Universal Pictures Video released it on DVD in May 2005.

 

The Prodigal Son (1981) - Universal Pictures Video [au} DVD


 

 

 

 

The Professionals

Directed by unknown / 197? / USA / IMDb link required

In December 1980, a 559-meter (50:56) 16mm print of THE PROFESSIONALS was censored by 12.40-meters (01:07) for an R-rating.

The cuts were made to remove sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

The sex in the censored R-rated versions was:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin was the applicant.

As well as releasing it theatrically, they also issued it on their King of Video label.


 

 

 

 

Prostitution 

Directed by Jean-François Davy / 1975 / France / IMDb

In May 1977, a 2977.00-meter (108:31) meter print of PROSTITUTION was banned because of 'indecency'.

Roadshow Distributors was the applicant.

 

Review by Simon
This is an interesting documentary by Jean-François Davy about prostitution in France.

I find it hard to understand why Roadshow did not resubmit the film in a censored version as the sex in the 102:09 version that I viewed is only really shown in three scenes. These are Eva giving a client a blowjob, and then cleaning herself up after sex (12m), and brief shots of her having sex (36m).

The longest is a 02:30 sequence that takes place at 79m. It is also the most explicit in the film, and briefly shows Eva giving a client a blowjob. This appears to be for real, despite it being obscured by the dim lighting. They then have sex, before she cleans herself up. The man then goes into a rage, throws her on the bed and begins to beat her. Three women run into the room and eventually throw him out. The whole sequence is obviously staged, as the camera operator does not flinch as the assault takes place, and he lingers on Eva as she lies crying on the bed. The IMDb lists Claude Janna as playing Eva. I assume the rest of the interview subjects are real prostitutes, as they certainly come across convincingly enough.

Roadshow could have easily removed the offending sex scenes that the censor found to be indecent. Maybe they felt that what was left would not have been appealing to audiences as it consists of a series of prostitutes talking about there profession.


 

 

 

 

Prostitution Italian Style

Directed by Italo Zingarelli / 1970 / Italy / IMDb

In June 1972, an 8799-feet (97:46) print of PROSTITUTION ITALIAN STYLE was censored by 132-feet (01:27) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Roadshow Distributors were the applicant.


 

 

 

 

The Psycho Lover 

Directed by Robert Vincent O'Neill / 1970 / USA / IMDb

In May 1978, a 2194.40-meter (79:59) print of THE PSYCHO LOVER was censored by 11.00-meters (00:24) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Natan Scheinwald Productions was the applicant.

 

 

Censored to remove sexual violence

Thanks to Simon for this information.

Something Weird’s DVD of THE PSYCHO LOVER is a double-bill with HEAT OF MADNESS (1966). The film goes under its original title of THE LOVING TOUCH, and is copyrighted 1969.

The plot involves a serial killer who rapes and strangles his female victims. This is a sleazy little gem, and it is easy to see why the Censorship Board demanded cuts.

Two scenes at 2m and 14m involve Marco raping and killing women. The latter also shows him having sex with the body. Cuts would probably have been made to one or both of these attacks. Two other women are attacked at 34m and 77m, but neither result in onscreen rape or murder.

Something Weird’s DVD runs 81:34 (NTSC), which compares to 79:59 for the version submitted to our Censorship Board, which may indicate pre-cutting.


 

 

 

 

Pussy Talk

aka Pussy Talk - Le sexe qui parle

Directed by Claude Mulot / 1975 / France / IMDb

In January 1976, a 2513.60-meter (91:37) print of PUSSY TALK was banned because of 'indecency'. Filmways were the applicant.

 

Hardcore sex was eventually allowed in Australia with the introduction of the X-rating in February 1984. Blake Films had an 88m tape of PUSSY TALK passed with this classification in August 1984. It was awarded for sex, which was found to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

Palace Entertainment Corporation was no doubt aiming for an R-rating when they submitted a tape of a 70m 'edited version' in August 1988. Instead, they received an X-rating, despite the sex now being classed as:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

A 70m tape was passed with the same rating and for the same reasons in September 1988. On the same day, a slightly more censored 69m version received an R-rating for sex, which was now found to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Palace went on to release the R-rated PUSSY TALK on videotape.


 

 

 

 

Put Your Devil in My Hell

Directed by Bitto Albertini / 1973 / Italy / IMDb 

In August 1974, a 2368.50 (86:20) print of PUT YOUR DEVIL IN MY HELL was censored by 1.5-meters (00:03) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Cinema De Franco was the applicant. The daybill poster lists Greg Lynch Film Distributors.

Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com 

 

Put Your Devil in My Hell (1973) - Greg Lynch Film Distributors [au] Daybill


 

 

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