With cinema now well over a century in age, there has been plenty of time for filmmakers to produce material that is considered so heinously vulgar, morally corrupt or downright disgusting that it gets banned. Censorship in the cinema has been a long and winding road, with merits and distinct flaws on both sides of the argument. Some believe that cinema should be unshackled from censorship, set free to run a mock as a boundless means of artistic expression devoid of a totalitarian governing body. Others propose that censorship should be tightened, seeing the medium as a potentially influential and corruptive force when viewed through the wrong eyes.Whatever your thoughts are on this age old debate, the number of films that have been banned in the cinema's history represent a fascinating barometer of history's diverse cultural and ideological limits. Ranging from the hideously depraved, the politically subversive to the tragically misunderstood, cinema's most infamous banned movies foreground a superb range of what the general public/"The Man" find - or indeed found - unacceptable. Join as as we delve into cinema's most visually perverse and morally upsetting depths (probably not the most cheerful sentence to kick start a countdown but hey, it can't really be helped!).
I'm a freelance film critic in my early twenties. I'm passionate about films, particularly cult cinema, horror and science fiction films. I graduated from Exeter University with an MA in Film Studies and have been writing film reviews/articles since early 2012. Find me on twitter @tobyneilsonfilmSee more from Toby