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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 1. 28 February 1972


Over the next few months I wish to keep my profound disgust of the inane workings of the Department of Internal Affairs' censors to an absolute minimum. Many films are missing ingredients which the censors think are contrary to public order and decency blah... It is a proven fact that most of these films are showing Uncut in Australia and beyond — obviously with material which our censors overject to. I feel it would not be worthwhile my attempting to review McCabe & Mrs Millar, French Connection, Shaft, Sunday, Bloody Sunday, Carnal Knowledge, Straw Dogs, Klute, etc. which have all been cut here — but it becomes a duty therefore, as part of this "disgusting" treatment to review only a ["version"] of these films, i.e. not the original as the maker conceived, but a re-edited, occasionally mutilated version (c.f. Jack Smight's Travelling Executioner) through the courtesy of our Departmental hacks- in every sense of the word. Where possible I shall list the cuts of every film I mention to give you some idea as to what is going on. From then on it is up to you to form your own opinions — or better still fly away to some enlightened land where films are treated as they should be, and, if nothing else, respected.