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Freedom of the Screen: Legal Challenges to State Film Censorship, 1915-1981

Laura Wittern-Keller


The proliferation of movies at the turn of the twentieth century attracted not only the attention of audiences across America, but also the apprehensive eyes of government officials and special interest groups concerned about the messages which the movies disseminated. Between 1907 and 1926, seven states and more than 100 cities authorized censors to suppress all images and messages considered inappropriate for American audiences. Movie studios, hoping to avoid problems with state censors, worrying that censorship might be extended to the federal level, and facing increased pressure from relig ... More

Keywords: movies, censors, censorship, Production Code, Hays code, First Amendment, The Miracle, La ronde, Lady Chatterley's Lover

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813124513
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124513.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Wittern-Keller, author