The Crash Controversy: Censorship Campaigns and Film Reception

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Between 1996-97 an almost unprecedented campaign was mounted in the British press against one film: David Cronenberg's Crash. Ultimately unsuccessful, the year-long campaign went to extremes to try to get the film banned (where it still is in one London borough). What motivated this campaign? What can it tell us about British film culture? What impact did the campaign have on general audiences? And with all those claims of corruption and depravity, what did ordinary viewers -- whether they loved it or hated it --...

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Overview

Between 1996-97 an almost unprecedented campaign was mounted in the British press against one film: David Cronenberg's Crash. Ultimately unsuccessful, the year-long campaign went to extremes to try to get the film banned (where it still is in one London borough). What motivated this campaign? What can it tell us about British film culture? What impact did the campaign have on general audiences? And with all those claims of corruption and depravity, what did ordinary viewers -- whether they loved it or hated it -- have to say about Crash? This book, which draws on a year-long investigation funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, offers a series of important and challenging findings. The Crash Controversy is thus a major contribution to our understanding of censorship campaigns, how audiences respond to films of a controversial nature, and the strategies employed in engaging with such texts.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781903364154
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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Martin Barker is professor of film and television at University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Jane Arthurs is principal lecturer in cultural studies at the University of the West of England.

Ramaswami Harindranth is lecturer in cultural studies at the University of the West of England.

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Table of Contents

1 One Big Controversy, Several Large Research Tasks 1
2 Reviewing the Press 11
3 Expecting the Worst 27
4 Talking About Sex 39
5 The Shape of Positive Responses 63
6 Four Men's Positive Responses to Crash 93
7 Refusing Crash 115
8 On Being Unsettled 127
9 Sorting Through the Wreckage 139
Methodological Appendix 155
Notes 175
Bibliography 185
Index 189
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