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Banned & Censored Films

Fritz the Cat (1972)

Directed by Ralph Bakshi. Animated film about Fritz, a college-aged feline wandering the hippie-era streets of New York in search of political, sexual and chemical experiences. 90 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

G-Men (1935)

Directed by William Keighley. Cast: James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Ann Dvorak, Robert Armstrong. A two-fisted lawyer (Cagney) joins the FBI when his friend is killed by a gangster group. 86 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Banned in Chicago because of its violence.

Halloween V: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

Directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard. Cast: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, Michael Pataki. It is a decade after the original Halloween massacre in Haddonfield, and Michael Myers lays comatose in a maximum security prison hospital. But when he learns of the existence of his young niece, Jamie, he escapes to return home and fulfill his destiny of destruction. Special features: Theatrical trailer ; introduction by Danielle Harris and Ellie Cornell ; documentary featuring behind the scenes footage, a cut scene and interviews with cast and crew, directed by Mark Cerulli.

Henry & June (1990)

Directed by Philip Kaufman. Cast: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros, Richard E. Grant, Kevin Spacey. Upon meeting unconventional American author Henry Miller in Paris in 1931, a young writer named Anais Nin boldly embarks on a passionate voyage of self-discovery, and faithfully records every experience in her diary. "For some, experience is a confirmation of corporeal existence; for others, it's the raw material of the spirit. Henry & June celebrates the latter, following the exploits of writers Henry Miller and Anais Nin in the Paris of the 1930s.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Directed by John McNaughton. Cast: Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles, Denise Sullivan, Elizabeth Kaden. Based on the true life story of serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas. The film follows Henry's senseless killing sprees. Ex-convict Otis invites Henry to share his Chicago apartment and he becomes involved in Henry's killing sprees. Otis' sister comes to visit her brother, and becomes fascinated with Henry whose broken childhood mirrors her own. Special features: Disc 1. feature-length commentary by director John McNaughton ; theatrical trailers ; still gallery -- Disc 2.

I Am Curious (Yellow) (Jag ar nyfiken - en film i gult) (1967)

Directed by Vilgot Sjoman. Cast: Lena Nyman, Vilgot Sjoman, Borge Ahlstedt, Peter Lindgren, Chris Wahlstrom. Using an innovative stylistic approach, director Vilgot Sjoman deliberately blurs the lines between the characters' lives and those of the actors portraying them. Lena, the film's protagonist/star is a true woman of the 60's. In a search for her own selfhood, she becomes a political activist, challenging traditional values on the issues of militarism, social equality and sexual liberation. 95 min.

I Drink your Blood (1971)

Directed by David Durston. Cast: Bhaskar, Jadine Wong, Ronda Fultz. In this gore-drenched drive-in classic a band of satanist hippies rolls into a town and begins terrorizing the local folk. They rape a local girl and her grandpa goes after them. He fails and is given LSD. His grandson gets back at the hippies by feeding them meat pies infected with blood from a rabid dog. They turn into crazed lunatics and begin killing and/or infecting everything in their path. The feature can be seen in both the original X-rated version or the unrated director's cut.

Il Miracolo (The Miracle) (Italy, 1947)

Director: Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Anna Magnani. A homeless woman believes that a man she encounters on a hillside is Saint Joseph; he takes advantage of her. When she discovers she is pregnant, she knows it's a miracle. Other villagers mock her, and she has the baby alone, near a locked church, in the straw of a goat shed. Story by Federico Fellini, based on Valle-Inclán's novel "La flor de santidad". Segment of the anthology film L'amore.

Imitation of Life (1959)

Based on Fannie Hurst's novel. Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Lana Turner (Lora Meredith), John Gavin (Steve Archer). Draws the audience into an underworld of backstairs and neon gutters with the story of an exploited black maid (played by a white actress) and her daughter trying to pass for white. 124 min. ; (copy 2) Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida) (1976)

Directed by Nagisa Oshima. Set in 1936 and based on one of Japan's most notorious scandals, this erotic masterpiece is the story of Sada Abe, an ex-prostitute who becomes involved in an obsessive love affair with the master of the household where she is employed as a servant. 104 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Originally rated X; subsequently recut to allow broader distribution with an NC-17 rating