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Censoring the Moving Image [Hardcover]

Julian Petley , Philip French

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May 1 2008 1905422555 978-1905422555 1
From its birth in the dying days of the nineteenth century to its hi-tech proliferation today, cinema has been a mote in the eye of the censors.  Its popular appeal and widespread dissemination made it an obvious and easy target: it was widely accused of corrupting morals, spreading dangerous ideas and having a particularly malign effect on children and members of the 'lower orders.'
 
The spread of new forms of communications technology, such as DVD and the Internet, has democratized the moving image and made the task of the censor much harder than it once was, as the specially commissioned interview with David Cooke, Director of the British Board of Film Classification, included in this volume reveals.

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As the first great mass medium, cinema has provided politicians and other guardians of morality with their prime target for censorship in the 20th Century. In the West, debates over censorship in film have usually focused on sex and violence, but censorship for political and religious reasons is still a reality in many parts of the world, and film-makers still often risk imprisonment or death. Analyzing how film audiences have been treated like children and filmmakers as potential enemies of the state, Mark Kermode presents the savage and ongoing history of film and censorship.

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Mark Kermode is a Visiting Fellow in English at the University of Southampton and one of Britain's leading film critics.

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