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Freedom of the ScreenLegal Challenges to State Film Censorship, 1915-1981$
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Laura Wittern-Keller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124513

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124513.001.0001

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The Strange Case of The Miracle, 1950–1952

The Strange Case of The Miracle, 1950–1952

(p.107) 6 The Strange Case of The Miracle, 1950–1952
Freedom of the Screen

Laura Wittern-Keller

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the film The Miracle and the unusual circumstances that surrounded it with regards to film censorship. When the film was submitted to the New York City censors, it was considered as godless and Communist propaganda, as opposed to being of great artistic merit. The film was shown in the city anyway, which led to a series of legal cases in the New York and Supreme Courts. But amidst the legal battles and arguments, it was Joseph Burstyn and his good test case that helped extend the boundaries of free speech.

Keywords:   The Miracle, film censorship, New York, censors, artistic merit, Joseph Burstyn, free speech, test case

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