The Seventh Case in Seven Years, 1957–1959

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 Seventh Case in Seven Years, 1957–1959

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This chapter discusses the case of Lady Chatterley's Lover, a French film version of D.H. Lawrence's novel of the same name. This case was presented in the mid-1950s, when tolerance of mature-themed films was slowly evolving and the incipient backlash against censorship restrictions was present. Ephraim London took the case to the New York State Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, all the while arguing that the film was based on the play, and not the novel itself. This case presented the U.S. Supreme Court with the full range of arguments for and against state film censorship, and it would allow the justices to rule decisively about the evils, if any, that the state could still ban from theater screens.

Keywords: Lady Chatterley's Lover; mature-themed films; censorship restrictions; Ephraim London; arguments; film censorship; New York; Supreme Court

Chapter.  8401 words. 

Subjects: Film

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