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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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The Failure of Porno Chic

The Failure of Porno Chic

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Freedom to Offend


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This chapter discusses obscenity, which was a category that movies could not easily venture into. When they did, it was up to judges, not the old moral guardians and official censors, to impose standards of taste. Each case that tested the ambiguous boundary between offensive and obscene culture made it apparent that defending something controversial was often a less than honorable venture. The chapter further shows a movie culture that made it “chic” to take a stand in defense of dubious art.

Keywords:   obscenity, movies, standards of taste, offensive, obscene, movie culture, chic, dubious art

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