Forbidden Images: Censorship of the 20’s and 30’s

During the early age of Cinema there was no Motion Picture Association to rate or censor films. Often censorship of scandalous material was managed by local boards, so depending on where you were you got a different version of your favorite silent film.

Early film censorship was achieved by clipping out the offensive material from the film reel, and unsurprisingly those segments of film were sometimes saved. Check out the cool video showing all those little bits and pieces they didn’t want you to see less than 100 years ago. How far has the idea of censorship come? Will our standards of what constitutes “scandalous” seem just as silly to folks 100 years from now? And what was so wrong with showing a pair of feet?

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~ by K. Ritcheson on March 26, 2010.

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