You can never please everybody.
But some films sure seem to piss them all off.
So grab your torches and your pitchforks.
These are the top ten mostcontroversial movies of all time.
Before you get started, let’s talk YouTube.
Yes, there are a lot of controversial sexually abhorrent exploitation films
and sure some of them have real artistic merit.
But you don’t wanna spend ten minutes listening to us talk about movies about rape
and we certainly don’t wanna spend ten minutes talking about movies about rape.
So let’s just bit the whole lot out of our way really fast with our number 10
and move on to less rapey topics, all right.
So there’s Nekromantik and Human Centipede and Irreversible
and Caligula and I Spit On Your Grave and the original The Last House on the Left,
and also movies like Last Tango in Paris and I Cried
and A Serbian film, which are probably starting worthwhile conversation
even if they’re not particularly easy to watch.
But for our pick, we’re giving it to Salo or
120 Days of Sodom.
里面包含虐待 谋杀 折磨 羞辱 强奸 食粪等元素
There’s abuse, murder, torture, humiliation, rape, and coprophagia,
which you might want to turn on safe search for if you Google it,
unless you liked 2 Girls 1 Cup.
It’s a story about four fascist libertines who take 18 hostages
to their Italian mansion for a massive forced orgy.
Banned all over and both lauded and reviled by critics,
Salo managed to rattlechampions of decency worldwide.
And while it’s often obscene and even grotesque,
there’s an inexplicable artistic voice beneath it all
speaking to and about the power and perversion within us all.
Of course, you don’t always need torture porn to rile up the modest.
Sometimes what it takes isa good old fashioned blow job.
Movies like Kid, Shortbus and Pretty Baby took an unflinching looks
at the fringes of sex and provoked the wrath of the censorsa in the process.
But for our number nine, we’re giving it to The Brown Bunny,
a A film that climaxes in an unsimulated, onscreen blowjob, that launched it into infamy,
and started a flame war between the director and superstar critic Roger Ebert.
Ebert called it the worst film ever to play at Cannes,
to which the director responded by calling him
a fat pig with the physique of a slave trader.
The insults culminated in the director wishing cancer upon Ebert,
apologizing, and re-cutting his film.
Happily ever after, I guess.
Now back in ancient history when movies cost
a quarter and colors hadn’t been invented yet,
an on-screen blow job would have ripped the fabric of Victorian era
space time down the middle.
Back then The Hays Code would hardly let you hint at sexuality,
much less whip it out and slurp it down for the world to see.
As early as the 1890s,
Fatima muscle dancer at Fatima’s coochie coochie dance in Edison’s The Kiss
pissed off the world by bringing burlesque and smooching to the screen.
And as late as the 40s and 50s,
movies like The Outlaw, The Moon is Blue and Baby Doll
threatened family values with things like cleavage,
words like virgin and pregnant and scenes of seduction.
But our number eight goes to the most significant of them all,
Rossellini’s half of the film, The Miracle,
awoke the wrath of the National Legion of Decency,
who called it anti-Catholic and sacrilegious
for showing a man impregnating a delusional peasant
who thought she was the Virgin Mary.
It got pulled by censors, started a lawsuit,
wound up in the Supreme Court,
and in a landmark decision the court declared the film
protected by the First Amendment as artistic expression.
Setting the precedent for the complete dismantling of all censorship of American film.
And if you wan na know more about that,
click here to check out our complete history
of Hollywood censorship on Film School’d.
Next up for our number seven, we’re looking at death and gore.
The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre
was the first splatter film bloodfest to hit the screen,
and it certainly made lots of upstanding citizens cringe.
But no one actually believed it was real.
Snuff and Faces of Death were two films that hoped to
capitalize on the morbid thrill of watching people actually die.
And well Snuff just faked its death,
Faces cut in genuine new real stock of the real thing.
But for out pick it’s gonna go to Cannibal Holocaust.
You did it, godamn it.
You just invited us to dinner.
Seized by the courts after ten days of release,
the director was arrested and charged with crimes of obscenity and murder
because people actually believed he’d killed his actors
and impaled one of them on a spike.
but he did kill and dismember a couple of animals along the way
which kind of sucks on its own.
It’s not a pretty film or a heartwarming film or even a very nice film,
but it’s an extremely controversial film,
which is why it makes our list.
Before we continue, let’s first wash the gore out of
our brains with some eye bleach.
And continue forward with thefar more palatable number six,
because if you’ve ever been on social media,
you know that there’s nothing to rouse people up more than politics.
JFK was controversial for entertaining conspiracy
theories about an assassination,
while Death of the President was met with distaste for
enacting a not quite fictional enough one.
All Quiet on the Western Front drew World War I era criticism
for casting German characters in a favorable light,
while Triumph of the Will is still controversial for
well pretty much the same thing.
But for our number six,
it’s gotta go to the film that drew comparison to Rifenshal’s Nazi Bonanza,
Michael Moore’s strategically timed Fahrenheit 9/11.
You can make people do anything if they’re afraid.
There have been endless disputes as to the factual accuracy
of Moore’s documentary.
It was beat to death by talking heads and radio talk jockeys on both sides of the spectrum.
Even Ray Bradbury got all pissy about its name.
But Michael Moore certainly kicked a hornet’s nest,
so it’s gladly on our list.
And number five, we wanna turnour eye toward some of the outrages
that have occurred over the representation of homosexuality on film.
In 1961, Victim told a story of gay lovers,
much to the dismay of censorship boards and viewers alike,
earning it bans all across the world for quote portraying
homosexuality in too positive a light, close quote.
Midnight Cowboy earned itself an X rating
for some rather tame simulated sex scenes
that just so happened to be between two men.
And Brokeback Mountain certainlypissed off some Catholics and conservatives
by ruining the epitome of
the American hetero by making them gay.
But our pick for number five actually goes to a movie that pissed off
the homosexual community itself with Cruising.
That bulge in your pants ain’t a knife.
Why don’t we take a walk?
Criticized for equating homosexuality with homicide,
Cruising turned it’s lens on the seediest
side of LBGTQ.
Gay activists were livid, concerned
that the film might further damage the community’s image
and inspire crimes against homosexuals.
And they didn’t wait forthe premiere to speak their mind.
Protests began mid-shoot.
Unfortunately, they were right to be concerned.
Two months after the film’s release,
two gay men were slain outside a gay bar
used in the film in a mass shooting,
which really, really sucks.
Moving on to number four,
we know that race has never been a controversial issue in America,
so we can just skip it, right?
Well, except for movies
like DW Griffiths’ KKK fest Birth of A Nation,
Disney’s marvelously racist Song of the South,
or Michael Cimino’s singularly monochromatic depiction of the North Vietnamese.
And also for movies
like the interracially liplocked Island in the Sun
and Spike Lee’s much too outspoken, Do the Right Thing,
people have been getting offended from all angles for years.
But the one film that probably wrestled the most jimmies
was a 1971 independent drama calledSweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.
So controversial that only two theaters would originally show it,
it ended up spawning an entire genre.
A film dedicated to all the brothers and sisters who had had enough of the man,
it earned itself an X rating as it bragged from an all white jury.
It became mandatory viewing by the Black Panthers,
yet it was decried by Ebony magazine
No one can agree on anything about the film,
which pretty much clinches it for our list.
Of course, not all controversies are about arguing over whether
a fictional fairytale moving picture piece of entertainment is naughty or nice.
Some of them took issue with the actual reality behind the film.
Heaven’s Gate’s animal abusecontributed to its massive flop.
Freak’s casting offended viewers for being either hard to look at,
or exploitive, or both.
And Titicut Follies was criticized for how shamelessly
it disregarded the privacy of its subjects on screen.
But our number three pick goes to the Twilight Zone movie
which began a ten-year long legal battle and complete
overhaul of the movie industry’s safety standards
after a tragic helicopter accident killed three actors.
Of course, it’s not just video games that are ruining our youth.
Violent movies have been systematically dismantling
the upstanding moral fabric of our society since the original Scarface.
So is it any wonder that our number two tracks the outrage
created by films like Bonnie and Clyde, Psycho, and The Wild Bunch
for exposing cinema goers to more
vivid depictions of death and brutality than ever seen before
with The Warriors and Clockwork Orange for
inciting and glorifying crime and gay activity.
Of course, if we’re talking aboutcontroversial violence glorification,
there’s nothing quite like our number two, Natural Born Killers.
My Momma told me to pick,
pick the best one,
and you are it.
Yes, some people tried to blame the Columbine shooting on this movie,
along with Doom, Marilyn Manson, and dark-colored Trenchcoat,
but this satire of how serial killers are viewed by the media
somehow led people to believe
that serial killers were being glorified
by this movie, part of the media.
我们已经谈到了政治 种族 性取向话题
We talked politics, race, and sexual orientation.
It’s practically been a tour of things you probably shouldn’t talk about on your first date.
Hell, we even threw gore porn in there,
which you probably shouldn’t bring up over coffee and pleasantries either.
But hey, it’s your sex life.
So what else is there for our number one?
Why, it’s the biggest first date[BLEEP] up of them all, religion.
And boy, is there a long list of options for this one.
There’s been religious outrage over The Da Vinci Code, Dogma,
Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, The Life of Brian,
The Message, Hail Mary,
and even the South Park Movie.
But the controversy gets really big, when it comes to Jesus.
Don’t nobody [BLEEP] with Jesus.
The Passion of The Christ was criticized and protested
for excess violence, for deviation from scripture,
for antisemitism, even for fabricating pope quotes,
but our number one pick actually
goes to The Last Temptation of Christ.
A beautiful Scorsese movie that
took a few too many liberties with the story of Jesus,
and caused possibly the biggest stir of all.
Countries banned it,
theaters refused to show it,
Christian groups boycotted and protested it.
And evangelists tried to buy it and burn it.
But it gets way crazier than that.
A man drove a bus into a theater that was playing it.
Extremists set off stink bombs, tear gas, graffitied
theaters, and assaulted moviegoers.
Worst of all, they launched a Molotov cocktail attack on a theater
full of movie-goers, burning 13 audience members.
It was a crazy response for a relatively
beautiful and positive film,
which is why we think it’s the most controversial movie of all time.
So what do you think?
Did we leave out one of yourfavorite controversial movies?
Do you even have a favorite controversial movie?
Cuz that’s kinda weird.
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