Without the history of Censorship, what type of things would children be watching? Without the unique methods of Censorship, what kinds of films would be being released into the public? Throughout this essay I will be explaining the steps taken to achieve the level of Censorship, that we have now.
In 1900-1950 every movie in the world was rated before being released. The government, of the country in which the movie was made always did this. In 1956 the rules were changed. Each movie's script was now required to go before a Film Board, before being produced. If approved the company was allowed to go on with production. In 1968 the Film Board of the Motion Picture Association of America adopted a new classification system. Instead of the scripts being read, the movies were made, rated by the Board and then put into a category. In 1968 the motion Pictures Association, the National Association of Theater Owners, and the International Film importers all gathered for a meeting about an organization called CARA (classification and rating administration). The main objective of this organization was to educate parents on the films and television that their children watch. This rarely changed any movies or television shows it just put an age limit on the people to be able to watch them. Anyone over seventeen years of age was allowed to watch anything they chose.
There were four categories:
2. PG-Parental Guidance: all ages admitted.
3. R-Restricted: anyone under17 requires accompaniment from a parent or guardian.
4. X-No one under 17 is admitted.
Throughout History Production companies have been influenced by Religious, Ethnic, Racial and political groups, who have lobbied against content they deem controversial.
In 1953 a producer named Otto Preminger, made a movie called "The Moon is Blue". This movie caused the collapse of the Production Code from previous years. The movie caused such controversy because of one... [continues]
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