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Censorship and Desire (2006)

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Great Look at Cutting Streetcar
25 February 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Censorship and Desire (2006)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Rudy Behlmer, Karl Malden, Kim Hunter and Richard Schickel are interviewed for this 17-minute featurette that takes a look at the various censorship problems A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE ran into back when it was trying to be made and released. Behlmer starts off talking about the pre-production issues that the Hayes Office had with the film and these three things had to be addresses before they could start filming. The three main issues were the Blache/schoolboy dialogue, the homosexuality/suicide of her husband and then the rape sequence. We hear what compromises had to be made and then we get into the post-production stuff where the film got passed but then the Catholic League of Decency gave the film a Condemned rating so more edits had to be made. During this section we get to see the cut and uncut clips side-by-side so that you really get a great idea of the various changes that were forced. Fans of the film are certainly going to enjoy seeing this as it really does give you a complete idea of what issues Warner and Elia Kazan were working against just to get the picture made. We also hear about how the deleted scenes were found with the negative and eventually re-released in 1993.


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