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Deepu's Encyclopedia of Most Controversial Films Ever Made

Deepu's Encyclopedia of Most Controversial Films Ever Made



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The Most Controversial Films of All-Time
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Films always have the ability to anger us, divide us, shock us, disgust us,and more. Usually, films that inspire controversy, outright boycotting, picketing, banning, censorship,or protest have graphic sex, violence, homosexuality, religious, political or race-related themes and content. They usually push the envelope regarding what can be filmed and displayed on the screen, and are considered taboo, "immoral" or "obscene" due to language, drug use, violence and sensuality/nudity or other incendiary elements. Inevitably, controversy helps to publicize these films and fuel the box- office receipts.Controversy-invoking films may be from almost any genre - documentaries  , westerns  , erotic-thrillers  ,dramas  , horror  , comedy  ,or animated  ,and more. Standards   f or what may be considered shocking, offensive or controversial have changed drastically over many ecades. The voluntary ratings system of the Motion Picture Association of America can influence a f ilm's public showing in a theatre -- an NC-17 rating or an unrated film may often close down a film's creening and lead to commercial failure.The following illustrated list in the next few web pages, in unranked alphabetical order, presents a solid collection of the most controversial films in cinematic history.Entertainment Weekly's June 16, 2006 issue contained a listing of their top 25 "Most Controversial Movies of All-Time" - included here and indicated with the # numbers after the film title, in this more comprehensive list.
The films that are marked with a yellow star are the films that "The Greatest Films" site has selected as the " 100 Greatest Films . For the many other milestone films with  sexual scenes that were especially notorious, infamous, controversial, or scandalous, see this site's special writeups on Sex in Cinemaand the genre of exual/Erotic Films .
The Most Controversial Films of All-Time 
FiLM TiTLe, DiRecToR & eXPLaNaTioN
PiX & PosTeRs
# 25
Ron Clements and John Musker 
 This Walt Disney feature film animation engendered considerable controversy forits pro-Western portrayal of Aladdin and Jasmine (always unveiled), the fact thatturbaned characters were bald, and all the villainous characters were Arabcaricatures.Another conflict arose, following protests from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), regarding the lyrics in one of the verses of theopening song "Arabian Nights." The original lyric about the film's Arabian setting("Where they cut off your ears if they don't like your face/It's barbaric, but, hey,it's home") was censored/dubbed out and changed to "Where it's flat and immenseand the heat is intense/It's barbaric, but, hey, it's home" for subsequent videoreleases in 1993 and for the re-released soundtrack.
# 10
Elia Kazan
 Elia Kazan's film (based on Tennessee Williams' play) told about a thumb-sucking,white-trash, 19 year-old virginal 'baby doll' child bride (Carroll Baker) who wasmarried (but unconsummated) to Mississippi cotton gin operator Archie LeeMeighan (Karl Malden), and seduced by a competing vengeful Sicilian cotton-ginowner Silva Vacarro (Eli Wallach in his film debut). In the opening scenes, BabyDoll was crib-bound in nursery furniture, spied upon through a wall by her'peeping tom' husband, and given no privacy while taking a bath.The defiant film was a pot-boiling, condemned, and censored drama (by theCatholic Legion of Decency) - it was viciously condemned for, among other things,a notorious, highly-sexual seduction scene on a swing, of the young 'baby doll'nymphet by Vacarro to get her to sign a letter about Archie's guilt, their game of hide-and-seek in the upstairs (and attic), and later their kissing scene under aturned-off bare bulb in an adjoining room while Baby Doll's sexually-frustrated
husband Archie was speaking on the phone nearby.The Oscar-nominated film (with four nominations, but no wins, including BestActress and Best Adapted Screenplay) was called notorious, salacious, revolting,dirty, steamy, lewd, suggestive, morally repellent and provocative.
Time Magazine
 was noted as stating: "Just possibly the dirtiest American-made motion picture thathas ever been legally exhibited..." New York's Cardinal Spellman declared the film"evil in concept... certain to exert an immoral and corrupting influence on thosewho see it." The stark, controversial, black and white film was so viciouslydenounced by the Legion of Decency upon its release with a "C" (or condemned)rating that many theaters were forced to cancel their showings, but it still didmoderately well at the box office despite the uproar.
Baise Moi(2000, Fr.) (translated "Screw or F--k Me")
Virginie Despentes
 This daring and scandalous, unrated art-house import about heartless and irrationalfemale sexual rage by two hardened and randy females was the first collaboration between French film-maker Virginie Despentes and former porn actress CoralieTrinh Thi. The two main characters were lower class French 'bad girls' namedManu (Raffaela Anderson) and prostitute Nadine (Karine Bach/Karen Lancaume),who were portrayed by French adult film stars. After being pushed around bylosers and low-lifes in their seedy, marginal neighborhood, they decided to engagein a shooting spree and sexual romp across France.The French film was a very violent, sensationalist, bold, graphic and hard-core sex-filled version of 
Natural Born Killers
Thelma & Louise
- a nihilistic and self-destructive road picture that ran into extreme protest and controversy. It was banned in France, its native country of release, for its porno-style, animalisticsexuality (fellatio included), explicit and brutal rape scene (of Manu) in a parkinglot, and randomly vengeful violence spree on both men and women.

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