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K.A. Abbas Supreme Court Case

1970
K.A. Abbas Supreme Court Case

India

K.A. Abbas’ documentary, A Tale of Four Cities, was awarded an A certificate by the Censor Board because it included scenes of prostitution in a Bombay red-light district. Abbas refused the A certificate and sought to challenge the constitutionality of the pre-censorship of cinema
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The era of film classification

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The era of film classification

Australia

Minister for Customs Donald Chipp updated practices of censorship by introducing a four-tiered film classification system.
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Emperor Tomato Ketchup

1971
Emperor Tomato Ketchup

Japan

In Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Tomao Kecchappu Kôtei) children have overthrown adults and a young boy had been made emperor under martial law. Their efforts to establish a new society descend into sexual and physical violence.
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Ek Anek Aur Ekta

1974
Ek Anek Aur Ekta

India

Ek Anek Aur Ekta was directed by Vijaya Mulay and released in 1974 by the Center for Educational Technology. It sought to teach children about strength in unity.
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Amitabh Bachchan and Sholay

1975
Amitabh Bachchan and Sholay

India

Amitabh Bachchan is the most famous actor of 1970s Hindi cinema and as the “angry young man” is emblematic of that era’s Emergency period.
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Sunday too far away

1975
Sunday too far away

Australia

This depiction of sheep shearers and Australian identity struck mainstream and critical acclaim in 1975, both at home and abroad, but was pulled up by the Film Censorship Board for coarse language when it came to screening on Australian broadcast television two years later.
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Deewaar

1975
Deewaar

India

Directed by Yash Chopra and starring Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, Deewaar draws obvious allegorical parallels with the politics of the Emergency period.
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Nishant

1975
Nishant

India

The second film directed by Shyam Benegal, Nishant (“Night’s End”) examined India’s “feudal” era, popularly understood to include the period until Indian independence and the dissolution and linguistic reorganisation of the princely states.
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Julie

1975
Julie

India

Released shortly before Prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced the Emergency and in the year the “angry young man” Amitabh Bachchan had his two biggest hits (Deewar and Sholay), Julie provides a romantic counterpoint more akin to Bobby (1973) and the subsequent Love story (1981).
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Breaking With Old Ideas

1976
Breaking With Old Ideas

China

During the period of China’s Cultural Revolution (1966-76), feature film production all but ceased, with only 12 feature films made. One of those films was director Li Wenhua’s Breaking with Old Ideas (1976).
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