RE: [Videolib] Film Censorship

Mike Tribby (
Tue, 18 Jan 2005 13:43:43 -0600

An interesting and disquieting if not exactly unexpected story, Cecilia.
Are we to understand that this was in Arlington , Texas then?

As to other films to include in observance of Banned Books Week, how about
the pseudo documentary that the Sinclair Broadcasting Group intended to run
about John Kerry and the swift boat veterans' charges before the election.
Sinclair backed down and ran a "news special" instead, at least in my
viewing area. Left wing censors, right wing censors, if a film is
challenged and then not shown it's still the same issue. Sorry, I don't
remember the title, but surely somebody on the list does...

Mike Tribby
Senior Cataloger
Quality Books Inc.
The Best of America's Independent Presses

-----Original Message-----
From: Cecilia Hurt []
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 12:51 PM
Subject: [Videolib] Film Censorship

Hello, everyone!

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.

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?

Thank you,

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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