The Strange Case of <i>The Miracle,</i> 1950–1952

Laura Wittern-Keller

in Freedom of the Screen

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780813124513
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134901 | DOI:
The Strange Case of The Miracle, 1950–1952

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This chapter discusses the film The Miracle and the unusual circumstances that surrounded it with regards to film censorship. When the film was submitted to the New York City censors, it was considered as godless and Communist propaganda, as opposed to being of great artistic merit. The film was shown in the city anyway, which led to a series of legal cases in the New York and Supreme Courts. But amidst the legal battles and arguments, it was Joseph Burstyn and his good test case that helped extend the boundaries of free speech.

Keywords: The Miracle; film censorship; New York; censors; artistic merit; Joseph Burstyn; free speech; test case

Chapter.  17646 words. 

Subjects: Film

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