Movies such as “The Exorcist”, “Avatar”, “Brokeback Mountain”, “Cleopatra”, “Last Tango in Paris” and so on receive many notable Academy Awards. Nobody can image that they used to be banned in the past. Although these movies are really interesting, they were removed from theaters in many big countries due to various reasons. Let’s have a look at some photos below to discover more:
“The Exorcist” (1973)
“The Exorcist” is a horror film that was removed from theaters by Malaysia, Singapore and many areas of the UK. Besides frightening images, the movie has too much profane dialogue. However, it was still the highest-grossing movie of all time, earning $401,400,000 worldwide.
The movie collected ten Academy Award nominations but won just two technical awards.
"Cleopatra" was the highest-grossing film of 1963. It was banned by Egypt just because the actress Elizabeth Taylor was a “Zionist agent”.
In some areas of the world, religious leaders believed that the movie could remind people of the unfaithful love affair between Taylor and co-star Richard Burton in the real life.
Even “Avatar”, which is considered as the highest-grossing movie of all time, used to be banned. China didn’t hesitate to ban the movie from theaters because the rebellious and violent scenes in the movie could affect to the behavior of people in the country.
3-D theaters are not very popular in China at that time, so the ban has created big influence on the film revenue.
“Last Tango in Paris” (1972)
“Last Tango in Paris” is about the homosexual relationship of an American widower and a young Parisian woman. The movie caused much controversy and used to be banned by a court in Italy for its “butter scene”.
The movie was also banned by other nations, including Singapore, New Zealand, Portugal and South Korea.
“A Clockwork Orange” (1971)
Although “A Clockwork Orange” was nominated for four Oscars, it is so violent that it was banned by some countries such as Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Spain.
It is said that the movie had been removed from UK’s theaters after its director’s family received death threats.
“Brokeback Mountain” (2005)
China banned the movie “Brokeback Mountain” because it is nothing more than a homosexual propaganda film which destroys the values and morals of the society.
“Brokeback Mountain” is the multiple-Oscar winning love story about the complex relationship between two men.
“All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930)
This film is about the World War I which gained the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was banned in Germany due to its anti-war theme.
“All Quiet on the Western Front” was also removed from theaters in Italy until 1956.
“The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988)
Although director Martin Scorsese gained an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, the movie caused many religious protests in America and was finally banned in Savannah, Georgia.
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