Jeremy Geltzer

  • Jeremy Geltzer – Dirty Words & Filthy Pictures: Film and the First Amendment (2016)

    Dirty Words & Filthy Pictures: Film and the First Amendment
    by Jeremy Geltzer
    Foreword by Alex Kozinski
    Paperback: 384 pages
    Publisher: University of Texas Press (January 4, 2016)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1477307435
    ISBN-13: 978-1477307434

    From the earliest days of cinema, scandalous films such as The Kiss (1896) attracted audiences eager to see provocative images on screen. With controversial content, motion pictures challenged social norms and prevailing laws at the intersection of art and entertainment. Today, the First Amendment protects a wide range of free speech, but this wasn’t always the case. For the first fifty years, movies could be censored and banned by city and state officials charged with protecting the moral fabric of their communities. Once film was embraced under the First Amendment by the Supreme Court’s Miracle decision in 1952, new problems pushed notions of acceptable content even further.Read More »

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