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Films About Film in the Leavey Library (DVDs): Censorship (and Sex)


"Dozens of Utah DVD retailers attracted unwanted attention from Hollywood heavyweights when, in the name of conservative family values, they began sanitizing films of sex, nudity, profanity, and violence. Outraged over the unauthorized editing of their work, prominent filmmakers began to speak out, thrusting the two groups into an intense legal, theoretical, and moral battle that would last six years before coming to a shocking conclusion."

A Life in Dirty Movies
"A love story about sexploitation director Joe Sarno and his wife and collaborator Peggy, as he struggles to get one last film on screen in an industry that's long denied his transcendent auteur style."

Pervert's Guide to Cinema, The: Parts 1, 2, 3
" a film about cinema itself with close readings of some of the most intriguing and celebrated films in cinema history. Serving as guide is the charasmatic Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek, who delves into the hidden language of cinema uncovering what movies can tell us about ourselves. Structured in three parts, The Pervert's Guide To Cinema offers an introduction to Žižek's ideas on fantasy, reality, sexuality, subjectivity, form and desire. In a striking visual leap, director Sophie Fiennes immerses Žižek into the scenes he discusses. Whether he is unravelling the films of David Lynch, or overturning everything you thought you knew about Hitchcock, Žižek illuminates the screen with his passion, intellect and unfailing sense of humou

Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen
"Hollywood's history is a narrative of the battle between artistic freedom and heavy-handed restriction. This four-part series conveys that narrative through a progression of archival film clips spanning the bulk of motion picture history. From the innocuous May Irwin kiss to the unabashed eroticism of Basic Instinct, the series chronicles a parade of cinematic sins and the pious and bureaucratic reprisals they inspired."