Some of the world’s most controversial films banned are filled with themes of rebellion, violence, racism, sex, and religion.
Here are the top films that were banned for their controversial content and effect:
The Birth of a Nation
DW Griffith’s film was released in 1915. This three-hour film shows how the Ku Klux Klan was founded. This film presented KKK in a positive way. It was feared that the film would ignite riot. The US National Association for the Advancement of Colored People conducted a boycott in certain cities in the USA.
Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 film was a Soviet propaganda. Censorship boards from different parts of the world were afraid that the film promotes communism. France and UK banned the film during those times.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The original 1974 movie of Tobe Hooper was not as violent as the contemporary revival, but it was filed with themes of dreadful existentialism. It was banned in Singapore, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and West Germany for its violence.
Last Tango in Paris
Bernardo Bertolucci’s film was filled with raw sex between an old man with a much younger woman starring Maria Schneider and Marlon Brando. It was banned in different countries, including Italy. It is still banned in Singapore now.
This movie is filled with anti apartheid symbolized by the alien outcast. The film shows a team of Nigerian gangsters trying to exploit the alien blood. The scene made Nigerians take the film as racist. It was banned in Nigeria.
Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom