What the Censor Saw by John Trevelyan soon to be presented for sale on the inspired BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Michael Joseph, 1977, Hardback in dust wrapper.
2nd impression. [First Edition: 1973] Contains: Black & white photographs; Portrait to the frontispiece; Appendices ;
From the cover: John Trevelyan was Chief Film Censor for thirteen years and for seven years before that served the British Board of Film Censors as an examiner. As Secretary of the Board his signature on its certificates is familiar to thousands of cinema-goers he had to guide it through a difficult period in its history, a period of enormous liberalisation in public attitudes and one in which ideas about censorship were changing. When the Board was founded in 1913, it saw itself as a guardian of morality and protector of authority, but John Trevelyan often said his qualifications for the job were his love of films and his disapproval of censorship in principle. His critics regarded his liberal policy on sex in films with misgivings, while others, film-makers among them, thought of him as an enlightened censor who cared deeply about films and freedom of expression.
In What the Censor Saw John Trevelyan not only gives a history of the Board and a sketch of related developments in the States, but he allows us to see the censor at work. He tells of the problems he had to deal with, of the cuts that he requested and why, of the crises he survived. It is fascinating to know on what criteria decisions were based and how quickly cuts demanded in the sixties became absurd in the seventies. Finally John Trevelyan looks at some of his
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 275 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.
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