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France: Film poster taken down over indecency

1 November 2017
On 22 September 2017, a “Nos Années Folles” film poster, featuring nudity and a transvestite man, was removed from a cinema in Senlis by a public servant.
Photo: “Poster censored by Ogeps”/Cinema Senlis Facebook

 

On 22 September 2017, a poster of André Téchiné’s film “Nos Années Folles” was removed from the wall of the Jeanne d’Arc cinema in Senlis by a public servant due to it featuring nudity and a transvestite man, reported Le Figaro.

The row over the poster started when the president of the catholic association, which runs the private primary school Notre-Dame du Sacré Coeur, contacted Marielke Fleury, who runs the Jeanne d’Arc cinema, to demand the poster be removed because it featured content that children could see on their way to school given that the poster was on the outside of the cinema, reported Le Parisien.

The Senlis Parish Schools Management Organization (Ogeps, in its French acronym) described itself as “mediator” in the conflict and took complaints from parents and school administrators to the cinema. The cinema, however, refused to comply with taking the poster down and urged Ogeps to do it themselves. One of its public servants then asked for the key to access the poster on 22 September 2017 and took the poster down.

“He never came back. And he never gave back the key, nor the poster. It is terrible to get to this point and to give into this pressure,” Fleury said. In response to the removal, Fleury posted a sign in place of the removed poster which read: “poster censored by Ogeps”.

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