Retelling, Limited

Censorship has played a role in what can be seen on screen in many parts of the world. In the US back in the early 1930s, the Hays Office had attempted to ban Mae West’s play “Diamond Lil” from being made into a film. Mae West’s clever use of double-entendres and gestures of innuendo instead of overt sexual dialogue not only allowed She Done Him Wrong (USA, 1933) to pass the censors, but made it such a huge success at the box office that she was credited from saving Paramount Studios from bankruptcy, although the Hays Office later succeeded in locking the film in a Paramount vault.1 Currently, the US operates with a ratings system, the MPPA (Motion Picture Association of America), established in 1968.2 In Russia, censors ...

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