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Hitchcock and the Censors$
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John Billheimer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177427

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177427.001.0001

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The British Board of Film Censors

The British Board of Film Censors

(p.35) 3 The British Board of Film Censors
Hitchcock and the Censors

John Billheimer

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter traces the origins of film censorship in Great Britain, in particular the development of the British Board of Film Censors, which was managed by Joseph Brooke Wilkinson over the years Alfred Hitchcock was directing films in England. The chapter cites examples of the Board’s general impact on film production in the UK and on Hitchcock in particular. In comparison with American film censorship, with its emphasis on sex and violence, British censors proved to be more interested in social and political issues. Their concern for worker strikes caused them to ban the classic Battleship Potemkin for over twenty years.

Keywords:   British Board of Film Censors, Joseph Brooke Wilkinson, Battleship Potemkin, Cinematograph Act, social issues, political concerns

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