Friday, April 2, 2010
In my fading-into-the-distance-life as a TV producer, one of my job duties was discussing appropriate content with the folks in Standards and Practices at whatever network we were working with. Among other things, Standards deals with what a network deems appropriate content for air. Some of these rules are dictated by the FCC/Federal Communication Commission and others are a general mandate from networks depending on the show’s viewer demographic, time of day that the program will air, and script context, among other things. It is not an exact science so it all made for some interesting discussions.
In the early days of film, movie theater projectionists were instructed to edit movie scenes according to the local moral standards of the day. This lovely short film, reminiscent of the beautiful scene at the end of Cinema Paradiso, is comprised of the snips deemed too racy for the time. Forbidden Images was made for the 2007 72 Hour Film Festival in Frederick, Maryland. The footage used in it came from a reel of 35mm nitrate found in an old theater somewhere in Pennsylvania. Thanks to my friend Spider for sharing it.
It's shocking in its loveliness.