Movie Fact #733 – April 26th, 2015:

The 1966 film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, an adaptation of the play of the same title by playwright Edward Albee, became the first motion picture in Academy Awards and cinema history to be nominated for every Academy Award category in which it was eligible since the 1931 film “Cimarron”. These nominations included Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwriter/producer Ernest Lehman, Best Director for Mike Nichols, along with all the acting categories and Picture of the Year for Ernest Lehman. Although that wasn’t nearly what it’s known for in terms of pushing the envelope.

The film was the first movie to be given the MPAA tag: “No one under 18 will be admitted unless accompanied by his parent.” This was because the MPAA insisted on the removal of the term “screw you” from the film where it was replaced with the term “God damn you” but allowed the terms “screw” and “hump the hostess” to remain in the film which is what kept the MPAA tag. Also, this was the first film in which the BBFC allowed use of the word “bugger” in its dialogue. The probable biggest example of this film’s infamy, as well as it’s fame as being a good movie was, on the 18th of July in 1966, police seized this film and arrested the manager of a local Nashville cinema for contravening a municipal order that banned films, as this, for contents of an obscene nature.
Heck, when the film was shown on network television for the first time, some local television affiliates bumped the broadcast from 9:00 P.M. to 11:30 P.M., because a film with such adult language had never been shown on network TV.
Most of the dialogue now is considered tame in comparison to what is said on TV and in films, but it just goes to show how more relaxed we are in terms of profanity. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
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