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Banned & Censored Films

Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Ethel Waters, Eddie Anderson, Lena Horne. Petunia Jackson, a poor but devout woman, is burdened with a shiftless husband called Little Joe. When Little Joe is seriously wounded in a fight and seems about to die, the forces of heaven and hell begin a battle for his soul.

Caligula (Italy / USA, 1979)

Directed by Tinto Brass. Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Adriana Asti. Portrays the decadence and debauchery that marked the reign of the Roman emperor Caligula from 37-41 A.D. The details of his cruel, bizarre reign are revealed: his unholy sexual passion for his sister, his marriage to Rome's most infamous prostitute, and his fiendishly inventive means of disposing of those who would oppose him. 156 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database.

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Directed by Ruggero Deodato. Banned and heavily censored the world over, here is a film that is so intense, graphic and unflinching in its realistic portrayal of cannibalism that the director and producer were arrested upon its original release. Tells the story of a professor who searches for four documentary filmmakers who disappeared into "the green inferno," a.k.a. Amazon River country. Eventually he meets the tribe responsible for the crew's demise and returns to the U.S. with several rolls of "found footage." Disc 1. Cannibal holocaust -- Disc 2.

Carmen, Baby (1966)

Director, Radley Metzger. In this updated version of the novel, Carmen is a seductive waitress who destroys the lives of a police officer and a rock & roll singer in a complicated intrigue of passion and jealousy. 90 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Banned in Richland, Washington, 1968. The film's exhibitor is convicted of violating state obscenity laws, a conviction later reversed by the US Supreme Court.

Carnal Knowledge (1972)

Director: Mike Nichols. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Arthur Garfunkel, Ann-Margret, Rita Moreno, Cynthia O'Neal, Carol Kane. Traces the sexual triumphs and disasters of two American men from their Amherst College days in the fifties through the Kennedy sixties, up to the Vietnam era. Jonathan, a successful tax attorney and Sandy, a physician, personify two extremes of self-delusion and self-aggrandizement. 98 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Clockwork Orange (1971)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Adrienne Corri, Warren Clarke. Depicts a harrowing journey through a near-future world of decaying cities, murderous adolescents and nightmarish technologies of punishment and crime. 137 min. Online Access through LFLFC ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Crash (1996)

Directed by David Cronenberg. Cast: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger, Rosanna Arquette. Film producer and sexual adventurer James Ballard's life is transformed by a car crash. It introduces him to Dr. Helen Remington, as her husband is propelled through the windshield and into James' car, dead. No sooner are Helen and James both out of the hospital than they show up together at a late-night show staged by Vaughan, whose near-fatal accident left him obsessed with the erotic possibilities of crashes.

Damaged Lives (1933)

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: Diane Sinclair, Lyman Williams, George Irving, Almeda Fowler, Jason Robards. A rich young man catches syphilis as the result of a wanton night on the town with a rich floozy and passes it on to his wife.

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Directed by George A. Romero. Cast: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross. The corpses of the recently-dead are returning to life and attacking the living, devouring their victims. Two members of the Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team and their friends land in a shopping mall occupied by the living dead. They secure the mall through brutal battles with the creatures, but can they escape both the bandits and the zombies? 127 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Desire Under the Elms (1959)

Director, Delbert Mann. Cast: Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Burl Ives, Frank Overton, Pernell Roberts, Rebecca Wells. This story is set in 19th century New England. Eben waits for the day he will inherit the land from his tyrannical, widowed father. Eben's father takes a new wife and says he'll leave the farm to her. A heated story of passion unleashed and temptation unbridled, and of a heavy price paid for the pleasures of sin. 114 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database