Lonely Lee “Matilda”? Movies that caused protests
Before the release of the film “Matilda” is still more than a month, and passions around it rabovladelcheskim far beyond the film industry.
We decided to recall what other films and for what reasons has caused an equally strong reaction. It is not surprising, perhaps, that the vast majority of cases, the causes of these were of a religious nature.
“The last temptation of Christ” (Martin Scorsese, USA, 1988)
In his character of the life of Christ Scorsese is quite far away from the gospel canons. Christ in the film succumb to the temptation of Satan, appearing before him as a beautiful child, sees a dream in which he marries Mary Magdalene and lives the life of an ordinary mortal.
These derogations, and in particular a scene in which Jesus and Mary indulge in carnal love, provoked protests by various Christian organizations. Catholic nun and founder of Christian TV station Mother Angelica called “Last temptation” “the most blasphemous in the history of the mockery of Christianity.”
Before and after the film, the screens were organized protests. One of them more than 600 people gathered outside to release the film at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.
One of the demonstrators made up as the Studio head Lew of Wasserman and portrayed, as he hammers nails in the hands of the crucified Christ.
Preacher bill bright offered to buy the Universal negative film with a view to its destruction. As a result, several film distribution companies in the US refused to show the film. In some countries — Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Chile and Argentina — the film was banned or subjected to significant cuts. In the Philippines and in Singapore, the ban persists to this day.
“The life of Brian” (Terry Jones, UK, 1979)
Still in the process of filming an ironic-satirical-parody kinakasama of the life of Christ, which came from a group of prominent British scoffers, has caused serious concern in the religious and secular establishment of the country.
Rental license the film was issued only after the authors agreed to remove some of the most poignant scenes. Bi-bi-si and broadcaster ITV refused to show the film, fearing that it will offend the feelings of believers.
In several cities of the country, local councils have decided to ban the screening of the film — as in the case of “Matilda”, before they had the opportunity to see the picture.
In new York (in the U.S. the film was released earlier than in Britain) the first sessions were piketirovanijah both Christian and Jewish activists. Similar pickets were held in many cities of Britain. In Ireland the film was banned for eight years.
In some places the ban lasted until the XXI century. The local Council of the town of Torbay in the English County of Devon has allowed the film to be shown only in 2008, after he won the vote of the audience at the local film festival.
The story includes the TV debates representing the “Monty Python” John Cleese and Michael Palina on the one hand and conservative journalist Malcolm Muggeridge and Bishop Mervyn Steklodom on the other.
The irony of the situation consisted in the fact that comedians operated serious, well-founded arguments, while their opponents resorted to swearing and insults.