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Censorship, Reception and the Films of Gaspar Noé: The Emergence of the New Extremism in Britain

Daniel Hickin

in The New Extremism in Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641604
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641604.003.0010
Censorship, Reception and the Films of Gaspar Noé: The Emergence of the New Extremism in Britain

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This chapter examines the changing attitudes of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) towards film censorship since the 1990s, focusing on how it dealt with the cinema of the new extremism. By looking at the BBFC's response to Gaspar Noé's Seul contre tous (France, 1998) and Irréversible (France, 2002), the chapter argues that the BBFC eventually distanced itself from the concept of censorship towards a policy based on ‘classification’ and the principle that adults should be free to choose their own viewing (provided it does not contravene British law). It also revisits what happened between the BBFC's cutting of images of explicit sex in Seul contre tous, a film that can be considered part of the ‘first wave of the new extremism’, and its decision to release Irréversible uncut just four years later. The chapter concludes by declaring that the release of Seul contre tous and Irréversible heralded the emergence of a new form of provocative European cinema that coincided with the beginning of an increasingly open, accountable, and liberalised form of film censorship in Britain.

Keywords: British Board of Film Classification; film censorship; new extremism; Gaspar Noé; Seul contre tous; Irréversible; classification; Britain; explicit sex

Chapter.  5883 words. 

Subjects: Film

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