Friday, December 03, 2004
'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished!
Digby, as usual, dreams a lovely dream:
The Merchant Of PornoAnd we'll never see Rush Limbaugh again, either.
There is always the daily atrocity of the morals police:
The Moderate Voice kindly alerted me to this:US distributors of the film Merchant of Venice, which premiered in London this week, have asked the director to cut out a background fresco by a Venetian old master so it is fit for American television viewers.I'd love to hear the rationale for censoring meat carcasses. Either somebody is very kinky or we are going beyond self-censorship of sexuality and violence to include general ickiness. The good news is that if icky meat carcasses are out of line then we can expect that Jerry Falwell's continuous television appearances will soon be severely curtailed. There's a silver lining to everything.
Distributors regularly ask for cuts in films so that they can be shown on US tele-vision and by airlines. The request to "paint-box the wallpaper" - cover over the fresco - was contained in a letter from the US distrib-utors, Sony, to Michael Radford.
The director had already anticipated one request by shooting extra scenes for television in which bare-breasted prostitutes are fully clothed. He was also asked to remove scenes of male kissing, a brief female kissing scene - and simulated slaughtering of goats. The fifth request was to cut out footage showing meat carcasses.
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