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Re: Banned Films Challenge


Post by sebby » July 1st, 2019, 7:47 am

01 viridiana, spain, bc catholics
02 spokoj, poland, politics

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Post by ChrisReynolds » July 1st, 2019, 8:57 am

This was my final film of the month. Thanks for hosting, flavo5000.
Previously watched...Show
1. Shorts [Total time = 63 mins.]
a. Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège / Zero for Conduct (Vigo, 1933) [44 mins.]
b. Red Hot Mamma (Fleischer, 1934) [7 mins.]
c. Peppa Pig: Mr Skinny Legs (Baker-Astley, 2006) [5 mins.]
d. All This and Rabbit Stew (Avery, 1941) [7 mins.]
2. Triumph des Willens / Triumph of the Will (Riefenstahl, 1935)
3. The Good Son (Ruben, 1993)
4. Dead Kids / Strange Behavior / Small Town Massacre (Laughlin, 1981) Video Nasty Section 3
5. Showgirls (Verhoeven, 1995)
6. Axe / Lisa, Lisa / California Axe Massacre (Friedel, 1974) Video Nasty Section 1
7. Rocketman (Fletcher, 2019)
8. Suor Omicidi / Killer Nun (Berruti, 1979) Video Nasty Section 2
9. Torn Curtain (Hitchcock, 1966)
10. Antropophagus / The Grim Reaper / The Beast / The Savage Island (D'Amato, 1980) Rewatch Video Nasty Section 1
11. Natural Born Killers (Stone, 1994)
12. The Wild One (Benedek, 1953)
13. Massacre Mafia Style / The Executioner / Like Father, Like Son (Mitchell, 1974) Video Nasty Section 3
14. Jules et Jim (Truffaut, 1962)
15. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978) Video Nasty Section 3
Banned in UK, 1983-94.
Reason: Violence
Bonus Challenge: Ban reason (Bloody violence)Show


The violence isn't shown in detail or dwelled upon, but here is a screenshot from the axe massacre that forms the central plot point of the film. A factor that may have played an even larger role in the ban was the VHS cover (above), showing an axe dripping blood. I suspect that whoever added this film to the ban list never even watched it.
The first half leading up to the massacre is excellent and then the film seems to lose momentum in the second half. Good film overall, with great acting. A thoughtful exploration of racism and violence.

Bonus challenge running tally

Let's Get Nasty6
Show Me The Money36

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Post by zzzorf » July 1st, 2019, 10:58 am

1. Madame DuBarry (1919) - 8/10
2. Up! (1976) - 7/10
3. Boogie Nights (1997) - 7/10
4. Halloween (2018) - 5/10 - Vietnam
5. Cape Fear (1962) - 8/10 - Finland, Norway, New Zealand, Italy

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » July 1st, 2019, 11:32 am

One more from me, which I caught yesterday afternoon:

5. 'The Bat' / 1959, Crane Wilbur / 5.5/10 / Banned in Finland; horror, I guess

Thanks for hosting and congratulations, flavo!
That's all, folks!

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Post by blocho » July 1st, 2019, 2:33 pm

1. Kladivo No Carodejnice (Witchhammer)
Banned in Czechoslovakia because the tyranny of witchcraft trials too closely resembled the tyranny of "normalization" in post-Dubcek Czechoslovakia. This is almost a Czech version of The Crucible, and it's pretty good, though it certainly doesn't lack subtlety.

2. Das Beil von Wandsbeck (The Axe of Wandsbek)
Banned in East Germany for not being vociferously anti-Nazi enough to satisfy the authorities. And I understand why. This movie's mistake was its willingness to depict human beings with complexity. That usually doesn't go over well in an authoritarian state. The movie only shows a couple of real Nazi ideologues, and they're minor characters. The majority of the characters, including the protagonist, are rather ordinary people who in times of pressure are willing to make choices that are easy, profitable, and immoral rather than difficult, selfless, and moral. The potential for monstrosity, in other words, is in each person rather than in a few bad apples. As one character says, in the line that really explains the whole movie, "We're all guilty, more or less." And that line is said by a communist doctor who is trying to do the right thing and save innocent prisoners from execution! No wonder East Germany banned this movie.

3. Viridiana
Banned in Spain for (take your pick) foot fetishism, transvestism, attempted rape and incest, implied future incest, a truly memorable repurposing of da Vinci's Last Supper tableau, and a generally cynical and bleakly humorous view of humanity and existence. Declared blasphemous by the Vatican. We should all be so lucky.

4. Sterne
Banned in Bulgaria for its "abstract humanism," whatever that means. Overall, Bulgarians are portrayed mostly positively in this movie, though there is one venal policeman who is shown interrogating and torturing a partisan.

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Post by weirdboy » July 1st, 2019, 3:45 pm

1. The King and I (1956) - Walter Lang 6/10
2.A tanú AKA The Witness (1969) - Peter Bacso 8/10
3. Jag är nyfiken - en film i gult AKA I am Curious (Yellow) (1967) - Vilgot Sjöman 6/10
4. Przypadek AKA Blind Chance (1987) - Krzysztof Kieslowski 8/10
5. Kladivo na carodejnice AKA Witchhammer (1970) - Otakar Vávra 8/10
6. Skrivánci na niti AKA Larks on a String (1990) - Jirí Menzel 7/10
7. Catch-22 (1970) - Mike Nichols 7/10
Banned in Portugal under the Marcelo Caetano regime for a scene depicting a character sitting naked in a tree,[256] though the fact that the film satirizes the military may also have been a factor.

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Post by OldAle1 » July 1st, 2019, 5:19 pm


1. The Prowler / Rosemary's Killer (Joseph Zito, 1981)
2. Horí, má panenko / The Fireman's Ball (Milos Forman, 1967)
3. The Driller Killer (Abel Ferrara, 1979)
4. ...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà / The Beyond (Lucio Fulci, 1981)
5. Lisa, Lisa / Axe (Frederick R. Friedel, 1974)
6. Day of the Woman / I Spit on Your Grave (Meir Zarchi, 1978)
7. The Girl in the Kremlin (Russell Birdwell, 1957)
8. Enter the Devil / Disciples of Death (Frank Q. Dobbs, 1972)
9. The Toy Box (Ronald Victor Garcia, 1971)
10. Dead & Buried (Gary Sherman, 1981)

Video Nasties - gore - burning alive, needle in eye, etc

An interesting and fairly offbeat film that it's probably best to say very little about, the fun is in seeing the twists that happen. While early on this seems to have a fairly straightforward if rather odd story - a good chunk of the townspeople in some small coastal American town (supposed to be Maine, but filmed in Mendocino) have this policy of murdering strangers to the town, in very horrible and gruesome ways - the way it develops and the solution of the mystery of all these murders that's being investigated by the town's police sheriff is rather unexpected, at least it was to me. And unfortunately I didn't find the whole third act terribly compelling, though the final ending twist was a lot of fun. Atmosphere is the key here - this may have more fog than any film not called The Fog, and the feel for a small coastal village is pretty good - and the gore effects are pretty cool, but the acting is quite uneven, alas. Jack Albertson is good in his final live-action film role as the egotistical mortician, Melody Anderson is all right as the sheriff's wife, a teacher who seems to have some secrets, but James Farentino is simply godawful and over-the-top throughout in the lead as Sheriff Gillis, and he's a big part of why the film is ultimately just ok to pretty good, rather than outstanding. Still one of the more interesting American horror films from this slasher-dominated period.

That's it for me, thanks for hosting flavo!

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Post by flavo5000 » July 2nd, 2019, 12:07 pm

So, it's the morning of 7/2 in my next of the woods. I'm going to give until noon CST for any final posts and we'll wrap up this shindig.

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Post by flavo5000 » July 2nd, 2019, 10:25 pm

Alright, folks. Time to close up shop on this puppy!

In an anti-climactic finish, I won both the main and bonus challenge which I honestly didn't necessarily set out to do, but I can get very single minded in my pursuit of finishing lists (but hey, I did indeed finish the Video Nasties which was my main goal).

BUT, coming in second we have jdidaco with 44 watches and jeroeno in third (barely beating out sol) with 38 points! Congrats, guys!

But all is not sour grapes for sol, for you sir were barking at my heels to land second place in the Bonus Challenge with a total of 97 points. In third place with 44 points is jdidaco!

Hopefully this has been a fun challenge for all those involved and hopefully my first time hosting hasn't gone too bumpy. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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Post by maxwelldeux » July 2nd, 2019, 11:27 pm

This was super fun - thanks for hosting!

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Post by weirdboy » July 3rd, 2019, 12:44 am

Thanks for hosting! I didn't get a chance to watch as many as I had hoped, but I'm glad to have seen the ones I did.

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Post by jeroeno » July 3rd, 2019, 4:14 pm

This was a bunch of fun. Too bad I was out of the country for the second part of the month. I would've liked completing that nasty list

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Post by flavo5000 » July 3rd, 2019, 9:20 pm

jeroeno wrote:
July 3rd, 2019, 4:14 pm
This was a bunch of fun. Too bad I was out of the country for the second part of the month. I would've liked completing that nasty list
I'm not going to lie. Despite being a huge horror fan, some of those movies were painful to get through. Although I did find some I enjoyed quite a bit too like Terror and Mausoleum.

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