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Re: [dvd-discuss] clean flicks and moral rights
At 2:42 PM -0500 1/23/03, Jeremy Erwin wrote:
>On Thursday, January 23, 2003, at 08:59 AM, Arnold G. Reinhold wrote:
>>It's not just people with strong religious views who are potential
>>buyers for cleaned up films. Parents are a big market. Hollywood
>>plays a really sick game with ratings. Many, if not most, PG-13
>>films are filled with sexual content and crude humor, while R
>>movies have serious themes along with an occasional f-word and
>>542 milliseconds of exposed nipple or crotch. Sans the gratuitous
>>stuff thrown in to get the magic rating, many R movies are more
>>wholesome for teens and even preteens than most PG-13 movies.
>>Consider, for examples, "Topsy Turvey" a film about Gilbert and
>>Sullivan with a gratuitous crotch shot,
>The BBFC gave Topsy-Turvy, uncut, a '12' rating (and Gosford Park a
>'15', for that matter). Mike Leigh is a British director, and, I
>believe the film was originally released in Britain. It sort of
>belies the argument that such scenes were included solely to drive
>up the rating. Rather, the film was imported, and the MPAA, feeling
>prudish, gave it an 'R'.
This assumes Mike Leigh had no inkling that the film would be
released into the U.S. market, the most lucrative in the world, nor
any knowledge of the impact MPAA ratings have on U.S. ticket sales.
I find that hard to believe. To me a quick flash of forbidden body
parts, enough to guarantee an R yet not enough for a financially
ruinous NC, is a clear signature of rating manipulation. If Leigh
really thought it was artistically necessary for the audience to see
the debauchery that went on in 19th century Parisian brothels (the
scene in question), he would show more than a prostitute lifting her
skirt for a moment.