Censorship in cinematography has been abolished in Italy. This was announced by the country's Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, writes The Guardian. “Censorship in cinema has been abolished. The system of control and interference, which to this day allowed the state to interfere with the creative freedom of artists, was finally rejected,”the official said.
The repeal of the country's censorship law, which has been in effect in the country since 1914, means that the authorities will no longer be able to ban the release of films for political, moral or religious reasons, nor will they be able to demand editing of films. Moreover, filmmakers will independently determine for which age categories their films are intended. Their decision will be certified by a commission of 49 people, which will include representatives of the film industry, as well as experts on education and animal rights.
It is noted that since 1944, 725 films have been censored in Italy. Of these, 274 films were Italian, 130 films were American, and 321 films were produced in other countries. One of the most recent high-profile cases of interference is associated with the 1998 tape "Toto Who Lived Twice", against the release of which the Catholic population of the country protested. The films Last Tango in Paris and A Clockwork Orange were also censored.
On April 1, it became known that the Ministry of Culture of Russia allowed domestic cinemas to show the full version of the British gay drama "Supernova" directed by Harry McQueen. Previously, a scene was cut out of the picture in which the main characters are trying to have sex. In February 2020, it was reported that the mention of a lesbian cyclops was removed from the Russian version of the cartoon "Vperyod". In 2019, Russia cut out several fragments with drugs and gay sex from a biopic about musician Elton John "The Rocketman".
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