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Banned by the Legion of Decency! A Shoe-In for Concordia! It's Baby Doll!

Posted by Andrés / April 7, 2010

A new non-profit film organization has descended from the starry night city sky and makes its landing at 7pm this Friday, April 9th at Salle J.A. De Sève (a.k.a. Concordia University). The Black & White Film Foundation founded by local and adopted cinephiles David Marriott, Roy Cross & Dan Stefik, aims to showcase an appreciation of B&W film in a city where twilight has reached the majority of repertory cinemas. It all begins with a 35mm (how did they pull that one off?) of Elia Kazan's lascivious 1956 film, Baby Doll, banned for years by churches across America.

The following film summary taken from the Foundation's website: "A dark romp through cotton, cribs and carnal implications, Elia Kazan's "Babydoll" remains one of the most curious and rewarding films of the 1950's. Times are rough for cotton-gin proprietor Archie Lee (Karl Malden); business is dead, his child-bride "babydoll" (Caroll Baker, in a role coveted by Marilyn Monroe) is off-limits until her twentieth birthday, and a vengeful business rival (Eli Wallach, in his feature film debut) has descended upon Lee's plantation with dubious motives. In Kazan's second collaboration with famed playwright Tennessee Williams, coming on the heels of 1951's monumental "A Streetcar named Desire", they again conjure up a stark southern landscape of sexual pervasiveness. Nearly unparalleled in its controversy upon release, the film was notoriously banned from theaters by the Omnipotent Roman Catholic Legion of Decency on grounds of sexual suggestiveness. Shot on location in the deserted mansions and decrepit farm lands of Benoit, Mississippi, "Babydoll" is also notable as one of Elia Kazan's most visually sumptuous films. Presented here as a 35mm print in beautiful Black and White."

J.A. De Sève.
1400 de Maisonneuve O, Metro Guy
April 9, 2010
19:00
$3

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Laura / April 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm
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Not relevant to this particular article, but the RSS feed doesn't seem to be updating anymore.
Luis / February 3, 2015 at 11:32 pm
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I may be a tad bias since I live here, but I happen to think Canada is gerogous :) But even Canadians are at fault for not taking advantage of everything there is to see here. We just got back from Germany and London and it was amazing but it also made me realize how much I want to see the rest of my country too :) Montreal is top of my list to see! Hope you're still having an amazing time!! Oh and I'd also love to visit California :)
golu dolls / January 23, 2019 at 09:25 pm
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kanchipuramsarees / January 23, 2019 at 09:25 pm
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herbal powder / January 23, 2019 at 09:26 pm
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