Re: censorship of Farocki's film

Kino International Corporation (kinoint@infohouse.com)
Thu, 24 Sep 1998 17:16:55 -0500

So labs should refuse to duplicate child pornography such as what? THE TIN
DRUM, SALO, BROKEN NOSES ? The devil IS in the details. Obbiously this is
an isolated case of one lab but it can set a scary precedent. Right now
there is ever increasing pressure on small film companies to submit their
films for MPPA
ratings. The vast majority of foreign films and small art films are not
rated because very few small distributors belong to the MPPA for both
ideological and financial reasons. Now some major chains are suggesting
that they may no longer buy ANY UNRATED films. It is not that these films
actually contain any objectionable content as this would include everything
from DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST & MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING to UNDERGROUND & HAPPY
TOGETHER. If major stores refuse to carry unrated films distributors face a
dilema between their beliefs and their survival. Technically no one would
be "forcing" them to rate pictures but most of us could not survive if
major chains refused to carry our product.
I think it is VERY IMPORTANT that we fight censorship even by private companies.

Regards
Jessica

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