Italy Finally Abolished Government and Religious Censorship on Major Movie Releases

'Last Tango in Paris'Credit: United Artists
An ancient law from 1913 has finally been abolished in Italy. 

Imagine living in a country that wouldn't even show your films. That's what happened to Pier Paolo Pasolini with Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom and Bernardo Bertolucci with Last Tango in Paris

According to a survey by Cinecensura, 274 Italian films, 130 American movies, and 321 pictures from other countries have been banned in Italy since 1944, and more than 10,000 have been forced to cut scenes.

While censorship has not happened recently, Italy has finally purged a law from the books, removing “the system of controls and interventions that still allowed the Italian state to intervene on the freedom of artists,” said Culture Minister Dario Franceschini.

The last case of censorship came in 1998, with Toto Who Lived Twice, by Sicilian duo Daniele Ciprì and Franco Maresco. It had zoophilia, rape, sodomy, and religious references in its storyline, and upset the nation's Catholics. 

“It’s an epochal change that the industry was strongly pushing for and will usher in self-regulation,” said 01 Distribution chief Luigi Lonigro, who is head of Italy’s distributors, in a statement.

With those draconian items removed, they are introducing a new rating system. Every film will be in a quadrant like "over-14" (or aged 12+ if accompanied by a parent) and “over 18” (or 16+ accompanied by adults). 

So go rent Salò and have yourself a weekend.      

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ahh nice. The sensitive left calls themselves "Woke" and then pushes for the cinematic capture and depiction of zoophilia, rape, sodomy and religious blasphemy under the guise of "art"... when everyone knows what's really going on in Hollywood.

April 8, 2021 at 10:43AM


It's almost as if the people you are making fun of for being "sensitive" aren't as sensitive as you... Get "woke", Patrick.

April 8, 2021 at 2:13PM


Making fun of? These are pretty serious and damning subjects that you seem to enjoy watching. You're fake woke.

April 9, 2021 at 7:57AM


I support it

April 8, 2021 at 9:58PM


i'm italian, forget the declaration, i know very well the truth, censorship will continue to be a dramn for many years for authors and for viewers...
italian burocracy is slow and before you can build a master without censorship and you can distribute it will pass many century...

April 11, 2021 at 5:20AM

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