The Great Dictator
Banned In: Germany
In a freak burst of wartime political correctness, Chaplin’s spoof of Hitler was nearly banned in Britain. The owner of London’s Prince Charles cinema was even fined for staging the premiere.
But, by then, we were at war with Harry Hun and it became jolly good for morale.
Less so for Der Führer, who stamped a jackboot on it in the ’40s. The film stayed banned in Germany until as recently as 1998.
Chaplin’s highest-grossing film, the funnyman later admitted that he wouldn’t have made it if he’d known the true extent of the Nazis’ crimes.
Banned In: Portugal
How does a sane man survive in the insanity of war?
By sitting up a tree in the raw, according to Mike Nichols’ adap of Joseph Heller’s doorstop anti-war classic.
The movie was banned for four years in Portugal for the scene showing a naked Alan Arkin perched in the boughs of nature. If he’d been having sex while eating a sandwich, it would have been worse still.
High-calorie erotica Last Tango In Paris (sex and butter) and La Grande Bouffe (sex and everything) were banned in the same decade.
The only thing they’ve banned since is a Pokémon episode.
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