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    Let’s face it. The Oscars are a measure of how Americans view certain films. Some films that are well-received in the US are poorly received in other countries.  On occasion, those films might be outright banned in said countries for one reason or another.

    Here is a list of Best Picture Winners that have been banned in other countries at one point. The list is most likely incomplete, so feel free to add to it.

    NOTE: I’m not counting films that were implicitly banned due to wider decrees that affected a large group of films (such as bans caused by World War II, the ban on all foreign films by Uganda under Idi Amin, and the total ban on all films by Afghanistan under the Taliban). I’m only counting films that were explicitly banned by a decrees specifically targeting those films.

     

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    All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)- Banned in Germany for portraying the German Army in a negative light. A heavily censored version was released in 1931, but that version was also banned after the Nazis came to power in 1933. The ban on the censored version was lifted after World War II, but the ban on the uncensored version wasn’t lifted until 1952. Ironically, the film was also banned in Poland because censors felt that it was too sympathetic to the German Army.

    Ben-Hur (1959)- Banned in China for containing pro-Christian themes.

    The Deer Hunter (1978)- Banned in Paraguay under the military dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner for containing themes that could be interpreted as being pro-Communist. The ban was lifted after Stroessner was ousted in 1989.

    Schindler’s List (1993)- Banned in Indonesia and Malaysia for containing pro-Jewish themes. A heavily censored version was later released in Malaysia in 2004.

    The Departed (2006)- Banned in China for containing a line suggesting that China intends to nuke Taiwan (the Chinese government deemed this line offensive because it portrays China in a negative light and because it classifies Taiwan as being a separate country from China).

    Argo (2012)- Banned in Iran for portraying the Iranian government in a negative light.

     

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    SHT L
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    I actually think that the fact these films are/were banned gives some of these movies some credibility and making it seem like these films had a real point-of-view. Although some of the reasons some of these movies were ban are somewhat stupid from my chauvinist perspective.

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