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Banned & Censored Films

King of Kings (1927)

Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: H.B. Warner, Jacqueline Logan, Rudolph Schildkraut, Dorothy Cummings, Ernest Torrence, Montagu Love, Sam De Grasse. An ostentatious retelling of the life of Christ that sealed DeMille's reputation as a master of the biblical epic. The film recounts the teachings of the humble carpenter but also the blasphemies of the Roman Empire in all its sinful splendor. 115 min. , ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

La caduta degli dei (The Damned) (Italy / West Germany, 1963)

Directed by Luchino Visconti . Cast: Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger, Renaud Verley, Umberto Orsini, Charlotte Rampling. Plot centers around the degradation of a great family, set against the historical background of the "Night of the long knives" and the rise of Nazism. 157 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Originally released in the U.S. with an X-rating.

La Ronde (Roundabout) (France, 1950)

Directed by Max Ophuls. Cast: Simone Signoret, Danielle Darrieux, Jean-Louis Barrault, Anton Walbrook, Odette Joyeux, Gerard Philipe. Comedy set in 1900 Vienna; a chain of love started between a young prostitute and a soldier goes full circle when the soldier ends up with her after meeting various characters. 92 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Le Dernier tango à Paris (Last Tango in Paris; Ultimo tango a Parigi) (Italy / France, 1972)

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, Giovanna Galletti, Jean-Pierre Leaud. An American widower in Paris, desolate at the unexplained suicide of his wife, plunges into an erotic affair with a young French girl half his age with tragic consequences. 131 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database. Banned in Montgomery, Alabama and Shreveport, Louisiana, 1973. Found obscene by a district court, the ruling was later reversed by the State Supreme Court.

Le Grande Bouffe (France / Italy, 1973)

Directed by Marco Ferreri. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tognazzi, Andrea Ferreol, Solange Florence, Blondeau Giorgetti, Michele Alexandre, Monique Chaumette. Four world-weary middle-aged men decide to gorge themselves to death in one final orgiastic weekend full of gourmet food, call girls, and a hefty, lusty schoolteacher. Special DVD feature: Excerpt from the documentary "Marco Ferreri: the director who came from the future." 130 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Les Amants (The Lovers) (1958)

Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Alain Cuny, Jean-Marc Bory, Judith Magre. Landmark film of both modern French cinema and screen eroticism that portrays a fashion-dominated provincial wife whose shallow life changes overnight when she encounters an unpretentious young man. 89 min. (PAL); Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Let There Be Light (1946)

Documentary. Directed by John Huston. Made for the United States Army by John Huston that shows the treatment of combat neuropsychiatric patients in an Army hospital. The film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and depression. A series of scenes chronicle their entry into a psychiatric hospital, their treatment and eventual recovery. Considered to be too controversial and disturbing, the film was suppressed by the military (confiscated by the Army Signal Corps), until it premiered in New York and at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981. 1946. 58 min.

Lost Boundaries (1949)

Director, Alfred L. Werker. Cast: Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer, Susan Douglas, Canada Lee, Richard Hylton. Based on true events surrounding a light-skinned black family who pass for white in a New Hampshire town. Dr. Scott Carter is unable to secure a job as a physician because of his race so he decides "For one year of his life" to pass as a white man, but the one year becomes twenty. Eventually he and his family must confront the racism of the idyllic New Hampshire town he's served for decades. Based on the book by William Lindsay White. 99 min.

Lust, Caution (Se, jie) (USA / China / Taiwan / Hong Kong, 2007)

Directed by Ang Lee. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Wei Tang, Joan Chen, Lee-Hom Wang, Chung Hua Tou. Set Japanese-occupied Shanghai, a young woman finds herself swept up in a radical plot to assassinate a ruthless and secretive intelligence agent. As she immerses herself in her role as a cosmopolitan seductress, she becomes entangled in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue, love and betrayal. Bonus feature: "Tiles of deception, lurid affections" featurette. 159 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

M*A*S*H (1970)

Director: Robert Altman. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall. Highlights the outrageous antics of three skilled young surgeons drafted from civilian life and assigned to a unit of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War. 117 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database