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Re: Monty Python and Censorship by sighthound on 21 May 2008 4:56pm
Sophie, if this is going to be a long paper and you need to expand it beyond MP, I've got a lot of stories I could try to dredge up. When I was in grad school studying film, I had several professors who had been caught up in the House Unamerican Activities Committee hearings in the 40's and 50's, the worse case of censorship in the U.S. since the days of the Puritans. Not only were films censored, people's whole lives were censored. I even took a class from one of the Hollywood Ten, those brave souls who went to jail for their beliefs. Also, a friend of mine has written several articles on censorship in animation and I might be able to get you links to those. (Cartoons can be SO subversive! <G>) Contact me privately if you're interested. My address is in Vitals (take out the spaces in the address.)
Re: Monty Python and Censorship by tucsonmike on 21 May 2008 7:02pm
Sophie, keep in mind it is not blasphemy if you are not religious. I would see it as religious people being oversensitive, who would not have seen the movies themselves. Also add the more such folks protest, the better the sales are.

I would narrow the paper to Python, otherwise it IS a VERY broad topic.
Re: Monty Python and Censorship by sighthound on 21 May 2008 8:21pm
Actually, it is heresy that does not apply to someone who is not affiliated to a religious sect. True believers, however, will gleefully claim blasphemy against people espousing other religions or no religion at all.

You are right that most of the people protesting "Life of Brian" had not seen the movie and thought it was about Jesus which it wasn't; it was about Brian. Jesus was referred to as a separate person in two instances - as a baby and in the distance at the Sermon on the Mount - so anyone who saw the film could have no doubt that it wasn't about Jesus.

BTW, in my day dissertations had to run to at least 100 pages so usually covered very broad topics. That may not be the case anymore.
Re: Monty Python and Censorship by mrsthing on 21 May 2008 9:40pm
Sophie--also bear in mind that blasphemy was punishable by law in England when Life Of Brian came out, so they risked a lot running it there.
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