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Freedom to OffendHow New York Remade Movie Culture$
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Raymond J. Haberski

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124292

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124292.001.0001

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Cinema Naïveté

(p.1) Introduction
Freedom to Offend


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This introductory chapter discusses the controversy that surrounded the movie Deep Throat, a notorious pornographic film made in the early 1970s. The chapter also highlights the true purpose of the book, which is to investigate debates over controversial films, beginning almost immediately after World War II and primarily flourishing in one city: New York. It is stated that New York has been the largest market for every type of film and, as a result, was a place in which moviegoing often became a public act of defiance against cultural authority.

Keywords:   Deep Throat, controversial films, New York, cultural authority, defiance

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