Top ten movies banned in Ireland - SEE VIDEOS
Ten movies that the Irish censors blocked from Ireland's cinemas
Ireland had a long history of banning films, but even some in recent time caught the attention of the censor.
Here are the top ten movies to be banned:
1. Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
Stanley Kubrick's famous "Clockwork Orange" was banned in Ireland until 2000. Adapted from Anthony Burgess' best-selling novel the movie tells the story of Alex and his gang of violent 'droogs' who kill tramps and rape women.
The movie became infamous for inciting copycat behavior. This was thought to be the reason that Stanley Kubrick withdrew the movie in Britain. However, after his death his wife Christiane revealed that he pulled the film because his family had received death threats.
2. From Dusk Till Dawn (Robert Rodriguez, 1996)
This movie starring George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino and Salma Hayek tells the story of two criminals and their hostages who take refuge in an establishment populated by vampires. It was banned due to its demonic representations such as Salma Hayak's character, Satanico Pandemonium. The ban was lifted in 2000.
3. Meet the Feebles (Peter Jackson, 1989)
This black comedy movies features Jim Henson-esque puppets in a perverse comic satire. During its limited release in the U.S. in 2002 critic James Berardinelli wrote "The stories of these ... characters are told in a disgustingly graphic, obscenely offbeat, and caustically funny manner. Meet the Feebles is for those with a strong stomach and a seriously warped sense of humor. The film is so off the beaten track that it makes Monty Python seem main stream."
4. Monkey Business (Norman Z. McLeod, 1931)
This is the third of the Marx Brothers' movies starring the famous brothers Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx and Zeppo Marx. The story takes place on an ocean liner crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
As with many of the Marx Brothers' movies the censors in the U.S. demanded that some of the lines with sexual innuendo be changed however in Ireland and some other countries the movie was banned entirely fearing it would encourage anarchic tendencies.
5. Monty Python's Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979)
The story of "Monty Python's Life of Brian" is that Brian is born in the stable next to Jesus and is therefore mistaken for the Messiah. It was banned in Norway, Singapore and Ireland because of its heavy religious satire. It was not well received by religious activists.
The makers of the film used the controversy at the time of its release to their advantage. They marketed the movie as "The film so funny that it was banned in Norway."
6. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (Terry Jones / Terry Gilliam, 1983)
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