Censored : the private life of the movie (1930)

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FOREWORD written a book which is decidedly practical as well as fascinating. In Censored: The Private Life of the Movies they have revealed to what I hope will be a startled public, the individ- ual incapacity of the men and women who have been put in control of the destinies of a potentially great art. And it seems to me that all those who be- lieve in freedom of expression should make the motion pictures their chief concern. Much protest gets into print about slights and bans placed upon the drama. There should be roar- ing and tumult when Strange Interlude is banished out of Boston but it is well to re- member that the so-called legitimate theatre now plays a very small part in the communal life of America. It is an art restricted to the very few. The motion picture shares with the newspaper and the radio the honour of being the most influential factor in moulding public opinion. In fact I doubt if any successful re- form can be effected if a place upon the screen is definitely denied to its propagandists. The utter reactionary quality of motion picture censorship in the United States is vii