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Censorship and Desire (2006)




Credited cast:
Rudy Behlmer ... Himself
Kim Hunter ... Herself (archive footage)
Karl Malden ... Himself
Richard Schickel ... Himself
Robert Townson Robert Townson ... Himself


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2 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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Warner Home Video See more »
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References Viva Zapata! (1952) See more »

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Possibly the most interesting short on the DVD...
31 March 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a special feature included with the DVD for "A Streetcar Named Desire" and it specifically is focused on the difficult path getting this play on the screen. That's because the play is filled with adult content--exactly the sort of stuff Hollywood and the Breen Office would NOT allow. For example, the main character is raped--a HUGE problem in the more sanitized 1950s. And it couldn't just be cut out--it is THE major pivot point of the play! And, to make it worse, the rapist is NOT punished but the victim is at the end of the story! They also couldn't talk directly about Blanche's past--she was a VERY experienced lady who'd slept with LOTS of men. When Kim Hunter talks about the play and film (she was in both), she talked about things that were not included in the film--such as references to Blanche's husband being a homosexual! Then, the problems with getting the film past the Catholic Legion of Decency were discussed in an interesting manner--showing the cut and uncut sections of the movie. In all, the trimmed portion was just four minutes and the cuts seem pretty tame today--but it at least got the movie a B-rating from this organization--indicating it had objectionable material but was not condemned. Interesting--and thankfully we today have that missing footage.

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