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Freedom of the screen : legal challenges to state film censorship, 1915-1981

Author: Laura Wittern-Keller
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2008.
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Between 1907 and 1980, many state and local governments empowered motion picture censor boards with the legal authority to keep any movie they considered obscene, indecent, or harmful from being shown. Although the mainstream American film industry accepted the form of censorship known as "prior restraint," the independent distributors and exhibitors challenged the government censors in court. In Freedom of the  Read more...
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Wittern-Keller, Laura, 1951-
Freedom of the screen.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2008
(DLC) 2007037997
(OCoLC)154692330
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Wittern-Keller
ISBN: 9780813172644 0813172640 9780813134901 0813134900
OCLC Number: 190963965
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 356 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Front cover; Copyright; Contents; Preface and Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The Origins of Governmental Film Censorship, 1907-1923; 2. The Courts Provide No Relief, 1909-1927; 3. Hollywood and the Legion of Decency, 1922-1934; 4. Early Challenges to State Censors, 1927-1940; 5. The First Amendment Resurfaces, 1946-1950; 6. The Strange Case of The Miracle, 1950-1952; 7. La Ronde, 1951-1954; 8. The Tide Turns against the Censors, 1953-1957; 9. The Seventh Case in Seven Years, 1957-1959; 10. The Curtain Coming Down, 1957-1964; 11. Fight for Freedom of the Screen, 1962-1965.
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