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Author: Stephen Tropiano; Publisher: Limelight Editions 336 pp, 25 photos, ISBN-10: 0879103590
This is an informative and entertaining book which provides a history of film censorship. While it is largely devoted to an American perspective, it proves a most comprehensive treatment of the subject, and includes a wealth of information relating to the various codes that have been applied to film industry over the last 100 years. Written in a relatively straightforward time-line, this book does well to set each “scandalous” motion picture in historical context which provides an often amusing depiction of changing social values in North America. The sub-text of this research also illustrates the continuing political imbalance which is afforded to special interest groups which historically tend to be socially conservative in nature. The Obscene, Indecent, Immoral and Offensive: 100+ Years of Censored, Banned, and Controversial Films belongs on anyone’s bookshelf who is interested in film and popular culture (Klaus Ming December 2009).