Censored, Recovered, Restored

This year a special segment of our section will feature films that have come back to life after being hindered or banned from screens. The self-censorship of Ingmar Bergman, who shunned his own This Can’t Happen Here and shrouded it in mystery, a cold war apologue in Stockholm, embarrassingly ideological and of disturbing visual ambiguity; French censors disapproved of the enlightened ‘immorality’ of Jacques Rivette’s La Religieuse, sparking such a resounding protest at Cahiers du cinéma that the film became a historic case; the market’s own power of censorship by making films disappear from distribution like The Last Movie and eliminating dissonant voices from Hollywood like Dennis Hopper; and then there’s Ciprì and Maresco’s Totò che visse due volte, the last film to be banned in Italy – the reason: blasphemy and being offensive to religion.

Daïnah la métisse (1932) by Jean Grémillon • None Shall Escape (1944) by André De Toth • Geheimnisvolle Tiefe (Mysterious Shadows, 1949) by Georg W. Pabst • Sånt händer inte här (This Can’t Happen Here, 1950) by Ingmar Bergman • Suzanne Simonin, la religieuse de Diderot (The Nun, 1967) by Jacques Rivette • Żywot Mateusza (Matthew’s Days, 1967) by Witold Leszczyński • Mal’chik i Devochka (Boy and Girl, 1968) by Yuliy Fayt • The Last Movie (1971) by Dennis Hopper • Totò che visse due volte (1998) by Daniele Ciprì and Franco Maresco