Cut, Banned and Censored in Ontario

🍁 = Canadian film

An ever-growing list of films facing the scissors of the Ontario Censor Board whose powers grew steadily through the 20th century before collapsing with the growth of the internet. The censor board is the focus of a current project of mine and how they handled sensitive material and acted as moral judges for the people of the province.

The Ontario Censor Board were known to be the stricter censors in Canada making them often-times more restrictive than anywhere in North America or the western world. Prior to the 1980s their board and decisions were secret, meaning even cuts were unknown to audiences unless it blew up in the media. Decisions could not be appealed and rationale…

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  • Way Down East
  • Moana
  • The Raven
  • Things to Come
  • Yes, My Darling Daughter
  • Rope
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Neighbours
  • Normetal
  • The Bitter Ash
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • I Am Curious (Yellow)
  • Warrendale
  • Ulysses
  • High
  • A Married Couple
  • Q-Bec My Love
  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • Pink Flamingos
  • Cotton Mill, Treadmill
  • 24 Hours or More
  • A Bigger Splash
  • Sweet Movie
  • Je, tu, il, elle
  • Snuff
  • Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • In the Realm of the Senses
  • Partners
  • Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
  • Skip Tracer
  • Equus
  • Pretty Baby
  • Coming Home
  • The Legacy
  • In Praise Of Older Women
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • La Luna
  • Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens
  • The Art of Worldly Wisdom
  • The Brood
  • The Tin Drum
  • In a Year with 13 Moons
  • Drugstore Romance
  • Angel Life
  • Presents
  • ‘Rameau’s Nephew’ by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen
  • Beau Pere
  • Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography
  • Five and the Skin
  • Scarface
  • Amerika
  • Born in Flames
  • Just a Game
  • Song of Love
  • Mixed Blood
  • Working Girls
  • Manhattan Love Suicides
  • Fingered
  • Baise-moi
  • Fat Girl
  • August Underground