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Banned in the U.S.A.: British Films in the United States and Their Censorship, 1933-1960

Banned in the U.S.A.: British Films in the United States and Their Censorship, 1933-1960
Anthony Slide

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Making use of the recently-opened files of the US Production Code Administration, this is a study of the way in which British films were censored in the USA between 1933 and 1960. Film by film, it tells the story of the continuing dialogue between the British film-making industry and the American censors, shows how the Production Code system operated and how the censors viewed moral issues, violence, bad language and matters of "decorum", and highlights natural differences such as American concern over what was perceived as the British preoccupation with lavatories. The book also seeks to dispel myths, depicting chief censor Joseph Breen and his staff as knowledgeable people who sympathized with and admired the British film industry.

Table of Contents

  • The production code and film censorship in America - a concise history;
  • the production code and the British Film Industry;
  • the films. appendices: other British films released in the USA with a production code certificate;
  • British films released in the USA without a production code seal of approval. Select bibliography;
  • index of films;
  • general index.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Series: Cinema and Society

ISBN: 9781860642548
Publication Date: 01 Sep 1998
Number of Pages: 232
Height: 234
Width: 156

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