The Hidden Cinema: British Film Censorship in Action 1913-1972, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Hidden Cinema

British Film Censorship in Action 1913-1972, 1st Edition

By Dr James C Robertson, James Robertson


216 pages

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How does film censorship work in Britain? Jim Robertson's new paperback edition of The Hidden Cinema argues that censorship has had a far greater influence on British film history than is often apparent, creating the `hidden cinema' of the title. Robertson charts the role of the British Board of Film Censors, established in 1913, and the histories of a variety of noteworthy films including Battleship Potemkin and No Orchids for Miss Blandish and revealing how censorship continues to exert a marked influence on many important films - like the controversial A Clockwork Orange - some of which have now vanished from British screens altogether. This edition includes a brand new section on Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris, immediately engulfed in censorship wrangles on its release in 1972.


`This volume in the excellent `Cinema and Society' series edited by Jeffrey Richards … is interesting throughout [and] thoroughly researched.' - Film Review

`… immensely entertaining, eye opening social history, achieving a nice balance between the prudish and the prurient.' - Philip French, The Observer

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies