Re: Dealing with disturbing content

Jessica Rosner (
Mon, 25 Feb 2002 11:42:52 -0800 (PST)

Funny you should mention THE TIN DRUM Becky. Kino does not rate films
We don't believe in it and to be honest we could not afford it. Don't get me
started on the silly MPAA "rules" on ratings which art TOTALLY subjective.
In any event when we put out the Tin Drum in 97 it had been out of print A
LONG TIME . It did in fact have an R rating from it's original release.
Frankly we just did not thing about it when doing the box. Never using
ratings, it just did not occur to put this on. When the whole thing blew up
in Oklahoma City , I got a call from the MPAA and we sent them a video
They were VERY upset that we did not have the R rating on the box. However
this would have made NO DIFFERENCE at all to the Police who seized the tapes
as Child Pornography. In fact the tapes seized from the library were the old
WB copies and HAD the R rating.
Personally I believe the ratings are a phony but I understand why Public
Libraries use them. Also I don't think ratings are any protection against
"disturbing" content.
Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018

> From: "Tatar, Becky" <> > Reply-To: > Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 11:27:42 -0800 (PST) > To: Multiple recipients of list <> > Subject: RE: Dealing with disturbing content > > We had this come up recently, but I can't remember the title. A patron > mentioned that the foreign film he checked out had some brief sexual > content, that he thought would not be appropriate for teens. We do allow > high school students to check out videos. Patrons must be 18 to check out > R-rated videos. I told him I would look into it. I did check on IMDB, but > they made no mention of any US rating. When we received "The Tin Drum," it > also had no rating, but I was familiar with the title, so when the film > came, I checked IMDB, which did have a US rating of R for the film. I sent > it back down to be labeled. We also received a video with graphic images of > aborted fetuses. While the packaging itself didn't indicate anything of a > disturbing nature, our cataloger viewed the title and recommended a notation > on the sleeve, and the computer. It was difficult to tell from the sleeve > that the title was covered abortion to begin with. I think you have to know > your community, and use some common sense. Would you want to know? > > Becky Tatar > Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual > Aurora Public Library > 1 E. Benton Street > Aurora, IL 60505 > PHONE: 630-264-4100 > FAX: 630-896-3209 > > E-mail: > >