"Visions of Ecstasy" once had the distinction of being the only production refused by the British Board of Film Classification for blasphemy. The film depicts St. Theresa engaged sexually with both another woman and Jesus Christ on the cross, and while never threatening to be anything more than just visions of ecstasy, the film's religious invocations were enough to have it banned until blasphemy laws were repealed in 2008. The experimental nature of Visions of Ecstasy has the advantage of diminishing the contextual implications of building a strong link between sexual and religious ecstasy while also permitting audiences to draw their own interpretations.
Ulf Kjell Gür
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The film was rejected for a UK certificate by the BBFC on the grounds of possible blasphemous libel. After an appeal failed the distributor took the case to the European Court of Human Rights in 1996 to consider whether the existence of a law of blasphemy was consistent with Freedom of Expression rights. The original BBFC decision was upheld and, until 2011, this remained the only film banned in the UK on the grounds of blasphemy. On January 31 2011, the BBFC lifted the ban and instead gave the film an 18 rating. See more