Linda Cannon, Collection Development Librarian
Joplin Public Library
300 S. Main St.
Joplin, MO 64801
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Tova Aragon
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 3:36 PM
Subject: RE: [Videolib] Film Censorship
This email was very timely for me. I just recieved a formal request for
removal of "Lenny" the 1974 film starring Dustin Hoffman. This is my
first time to put a film through the reconsideration process. The
patron was okay with the standup routines but very disconcerted with the
betrayal of his life. I would really appreciate any comments on the
to take to my committee.
Adult Services Lead Librarian
Fort Collins Public Library
Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
Opinions are my own...
>From: "Cecilia Hurt" <email@example.com>
>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
>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 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
>The film is no longer available for checkout.
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