[Videolib] Film Censorship

Cecilia Hurt (cecilia.hurt@flower-mound.com)
Tue, 18 Jan 2005 12:51:04 -0600

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Hello, everyone!
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Please see below a current film censorship story. At this time, I do not =
know of any actions being taken to reinstate the film in the collection.
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On a related note, for this year's Banned Books Week, the Video Round =
Table will be creating an attractive banned/challenged/censored film =
handout. It will be made available on the VRT web site. We are in the =
information gathering stage of development. Does anyone have suggestions =
for titles that should included?=20
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Thank you,
~Cecilia
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Official cancels viewing of film

By Jean Weaver

Special to the Star-Telegram

ARLINGTON - Interim City Manager Fred Greene canceled the showing of a =
movie with sexual overtones Thursday that the Arlington Public Library =
had planned to show at its independent film festival this month.

Falling Angels, based on a novel by a Canadian writer, contains female =
nudity, sex scenes, adultery, adult language and situations, incest =
overtones and unwanted pregnancy set in the 1960s.

The library had been planning to launch an independent film festival at =
the George W. Hawkes Central Library, 101 E. Abram St., with three =
movies scheduled from Jan. 29 through March. The other two films, Buddy =
and Witnesses, are being reviewed.

"The film has been pulled," Arlington Mayor Pro Tem Ron Wright said. =
"The librarians were given strict content guidelines by Greene, which =
are based upon the information that if a film cannot be shown to someone =
under 17, then it would not be appropriate for the city libraries of =
Arlington."

The Canadian film was released in U.S. theaters Oct. 31. It was not =
rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. However, a =
recommendation on the back cover of the video says it should not to be =
shown to people under 17.

Adults-only films have never been shown at the Arlington libraries, said =
Starr Krottinger, public services administrator for the Arlington Public =
Library System. Reference librarian Linda Seitz said that she has =
previewed half of Falling Angels and is aware of the content.

The films were aimed at college-age people, she said.

Library patron Carlos Medina, 23, of Arlington said the library wasn't =
the place for the film. "There are plenty of other places to see that =
kind of stuff," Medina said. "They don't have to show it at the =
library."

The film is no longer available for checkout.

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Hello,=20 everyone!
 
Please=20 see below a current film censorship story. At this time, I do = not know=20 of any actions being taken to reinstate the film in the=20 collection.
 
On a=20 related note, for this year's Banned Books Week, the Video Round Table = will be=20 creating an attractive banned/challenged/censored film handout. It will = be made=20 available on the VRT web site. We are in the information gathering stage = of=20 development. Does anyone have suggestions for titles that should = included?=20
 
Thank=20 you,
~Cecilia
 

Official cancels viewing of film

By Jean Weaver

Special to the Star-Telegram

ARLINGTON - Interim City Manager Fred Greene canceled the showing of = a movie=20 with sexual overtones Thursday that the Arlington Public Library had = planned to=20 show at its independent film festival this month.

Falling Angels, based on a novel by a Canadian writer, contains = female=20 nudity, sex scenes, adultery, adult language and situations, incest = overtones=20 and unwanted pregnancy set in the 1960s.

The library had been planning to launch an independent film festival = at the=20 George W. Hawkes Central Library, 101 E. Abram St., with three movies = scheduled=20 from Jan. 29 through March. The other two films, Buddy and Witnesses, = are being=20 reviewed.

"The film has been pulled," Arlington Mayor Pro Tem Ron Wright said. = "The=20 librarians were given strict content guidelines by Greene, which are = based upon=20 the information that if a film cannot be shown to someone under 17, then = it=20 would not be appropriate for the city libraries of Arlington."

The Canadian film was released in U.S. theaters Oct. 31. It was not = rated by=20 the Motion Picture Association of America. However, a recommendation on = the back=20 cover of the video says it should not to be shown to people under = 17.

Adults-only films have never been shown at the Arlington libraries, = said=20 Starr Krottinger, public services administrator for the Arlington Public = Library=20 System. Reference librarian Linda Seitz said that she has previewed half = of=20 Falling Angels and is aware of the content.

The films were aimed at college-age people, she said.

Library patron Carlos Medina, 23, of Arlington said the library = wasn't the=20 place for the film. "There are plenty of other places to see that kind = of=20 stuff," Medina said. "They don't have to show it at the library."

The film is no longer available for checkout.

 
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