Adult Services Lead Librarian
Fort Collins Public Library
Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
Opinions are my own...
>From: "Cecilia Hurt" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: [Videolib] Film Censorship
>Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 12:51:04 -0600
>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?
>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
>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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