Dirty Words & Filthy Pictures explores movies that changed the law and resulted in greater creative freedom for all. Relying on primary sources that include court decisions, contemporary periodicals, state censorship ordinances, and studio production codes, Jeremy Geltzer offers a comprehensive and fascinating history of cinema and free speech, from the earliest films of Thomas Edison to the impact of pornography and the Internet. With incisive case studies of risqué pictures, subversive foreign films, and banned B-movies, he reveals how the legal battles over film content changed long-held interpretations of the Constitution, expanded personal freedoms, and opened a new era of free speech. An important contribution to film studies and media law, Geltzer's work presents the history of film and the First Amendment with an unprecedented level of detail.
|Publisher:||University of Texas Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
- Foreword by The Honorable Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Part I: Censoring the Cinema
- 1. Boxing, Porn, and the Beginnings of Movie Censorship
- 2. The Rise of Salacious Cinema
- 3. State Regulations Emerge
- 4. Mutual and the Capacity for Evil
- 5. War, Nudity, and Birth Control
- 6. Self-Regulation Reemerges
- 7. Midnight Movies and Sanctioned Cinema
- 8. Sound Enters the Debate
- 9. Tension Increases between Free Speech and State Censorship
- 10. Threats from Abroad and Domestic Disturbances
- Part II: Freedom of the Screen
- 11. Outlaws and Miracles
- 12. State Censorship Statutes on the Defense
- 13. Devil in the Details: Film and the Fourth and Fifth Amendments
- Part III: Dirty Words, Filthy Pictures, and Where to Find Them
- 14. Dirty Words: Profanity and the Patently Offensive
- 15. Filthy Pictures: Obscenity from Nudie Cuties to Fetish Films
- 16. The Porno Chic: From Danish Loops to Deep Throat
- 17. Just Not Here: Content Regulation through Zoning
- Part IV: Censorship Today
- 18. Is Censorship Necessary?
- 19. The Politics of Profanity
- Selected Bibliography
What People are Saying About This
"Dirty Words & Filthy Pictures’s scope is impressively broad, and to the best of my personal knowledge virtually complete; it appears to leave no pertinent censorship situation unmentioned and makes fascinating reading. This book should be the ultimate resource for information regarding film censorship for some time to come."
"Dirty Words tells the inside story of Hollywood’s fight for freedom of speech. It’s filled with great charactersfrom moviemakers who pushed the edge to the censors who pushed back."