RE: [Videolib] Film Censorship

Tatar, Becky (bltata@aurora.lib.il.us)
Tue, 18 Jan 2005 14:47:12 -0600

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Yes - Saving Private Ryan, by several ABC affiliates on Veteran's Day in
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Becky Tatar

Periodicals/Audiovisuals

Aurora Public Library

1 E. Benton Street

Aurora, IL 60505

Phone: 630-264-4100

FAX: 630-896-3209

bltata@aurora.lib.il.us

www.aurora.lib.il.us

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-----Original Message-----
From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Cecilia Hurt
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 12:51 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: [Videolib] Film Censorship

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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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Yes – Saving Private Ryan, by several ABC affiliates on Veteran’s Day in November.  =

 

Becky Tatar

Periodicals/Audiovisuals

Aurora Public = Library

1 E. Benton = Street

Aurora, IL<= font size=3D2 color=3Dnavy face=3DArial>   60505

Phone: = 630-264-4100

FAX: 630-896-3209

bltata@aurora.lib.il.us

www.aurora.lib.il.us

 

-----Original = Message-----
From: = videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu [mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Cecilia Hurt
Sent:
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 12:51 = PM
To: = videolib@library.berkeley.edu
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,

~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 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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