How the recent Hamilton proshot from Disney+ illustrates the long history of different standards of decency in stage vs screen for what could get past the censors.
Yes, Hamilton on Disney Plus means we can now enjoy the amazing Hamilton musical in the "Home Video Broadway" environment I discussed with you a few weeks back, but Disney, being Disney, required Lin Manuel Miranda to remove the 3 F-Bombs before it would be suitable for their platform.
In this video, I analyze the longstanding differences between what could be acceptable in theatre vs film when it came to determining what the censors would tolerate, especially as the result of the famous era of the "Hollywood Production Code", or the "Hays Code". Despite the natural frustration that censorship raises amongst artists about the First Amendment and issues of freedom of artistic expression, we analyze some controversial instances where changes that are required to meet decency standards may not be so bad, and in some extreme cases, may even be for the best.
We also have some fun analyzing some of the most ridiculous instances of censorship used to make an piece of drama acceptable to the censors.
1. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, by Tennessee Williams
2. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?, by Edward Albee
3. Thinking Shakespeare, by Barry Edelstein
Film Footage From: *
1. Scarface, directed by Brian De Palma (1983)
2. Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean (1962)
3. Henry V, directed by Kenneth Branagh (1989)
4. Henry V, directed by Sir Laurence Olivier (1944)
5. Casablanca, directed by Michael Curtiz (1942)
4. A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan (1951)
* Given the central focus of this video on discussion/analysis of trends in the performing arts, and how these copyrighted film clips illustrate these trends, they are all being used within the confines of the "Fair Use Doctrine" as defined by the courts....
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