Italy ends censorship of films on moral and religious grounds

Apr 07, 2021 328

Born in 1914 at the dawn of cinema, Italy’s censorship law felled some giants of the silver screen – including Last Tango in Paris – but now faces its own curtain call. “Film censorship has been abolished,” announced culture minister Dario Franceschini in a statement late on Monday. 

“The system of controls and interventions that still allow the state to intervene in the freedom of artists has been definitively ended.” As a result, it will now no longer be possible to block the release of a new film or demand edits for moral or religious reasons. Filmmakers will instead classify their own movies based on the age of the audience.

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