The fact that the film was no longer available for
checkout was the part that I was referring to in my
subject line. (Although I did find the main part of
the article unsettling also.)
I received many responses in my personal e-mail about
this, but not everyone read the entire article. So, to
clarify. . . my use of the word censorship was
referring to the library's decision to remove the film
from the circulating collection.
I will be more careful in my subject line selection
and more specific about what I am referring to in the
--- "Cartford, Peter, JCL" <CartfordP@jocolibrary.org>
> A guideline is not censorship. The city is
> perfectly within its rights
> to exercise some discretion over what kinds of films
> will be shown, in
> public, at its libraries. What is disturbing is
> that last sentence:
> "The film is no longer available for checkout."
> Peter Cartford
> AV Librarian
> Johnson County Library
> Overland Park, KS
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On
> Behalf Of Cecilia Hurt
> Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 12:51 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> 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
> 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
> The films were aimed at college-age people, she
> 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.
"Nowhere can you be that you are not meant to be."
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