Behind the Scenes at the BBFC : Film Classification from the Silver Screen to the Digital Age Paperback
This official history of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) draws on unprecedented access to the BBFC's archives to trace 100 years of film classification, with contributions from leading film critics and historians and case studies of controversial films such as Battleship Potemkin and A Clockwork Orange.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages, 240 p.
- Publisher: British Film Institute
- Publication Date: 22/11/2012
- Category: Film production: technical & background skills
- ISBN: 9781844574766
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Review by m_k_m
This retrospective of the BBFC's first 100 years is an interesting alternative history of British history. Familiar landmarks are ignored, focusing instead on those movies (obscure, well-known and forgotten) that challenged public attitudes at a particular moment. Being an official history, the contributors are broadly sympathetic to the BBFC's attitudes; at least, they explain the reasoning behind the board's decisions. Its only the organisation's former director, Robin Duvall, later in the piece, who is willing (perhaps the only one who feels politely able) to condemn his predecessors where they have been indecisive, overly cautious or just plain wrong.