A Tale of Three Cities: The Banning of Scarlet Street

Bernstein, Matthew
September 1995
Cinema Journal;Fall95, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p27
Academic Journal
This article examines the disputes between Universal Pictures and censors in New York, Milwaukee in Wisconsin, and Atlanta in Georgia over the banning of the film "Scarlet Street" from a perspective informed by the concerns of cultural studies. The film's banning in three different regions and markets of varying significance affords a view of how differently a distributor would handle diverse situations involving the same film at a given historical moment. The disputes were tied to urgent issues in postwar U.S. society and culture.


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