Why Are Movies So Black?
Posted On July 12, 2021
There’s an endless parade of movies that have been blacklisted from theaters around the country, including movies from the likes of Thelma and Louise, The Princess Bride, and The Color Purple.
The most recent case is The Princess and the Frog, which has been the subject of an unprecedented media campaign spearheaded by the New York Times and other outlets.
Though the film was ultimately removed from cinemas in the city, it has been deemed unfit for children under age 12.
And in an attempt to bring awareness to the issue, a group of filmmakers has started a new campaign called #SaveThePrincess, which is a play on #SaveBlackKids.
The hashtag has been a success, but it’s a little unclear how many of these movies have actually been blacked out.
Luckily, we’ve been able to compile a list of some of the most notable ones, along with a rundown of the major film chains that have blacklisted the films.
(You can find the full list here.)1.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)There was a time when the film’s blacklisted status would have been cause for celebration.
This iconic 1939 film, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lillian Gish, was hailed as the definitive film on the subject.
In the film, a witch named Munchhausen (played by Judy Garland) is able to control the powers of the Wicked Witch of the West (played with Oscar-winning screenwriter Henry Fonda) and his evil cousin, the Scarecrow.
The film also featured a cameo by George C. Scott, who was the lead in The Wizard.
But this was the golden age of silent films, so the film wasn’t exactly the first time an American film was considered too scary for young audiences.
The 1939 film was nominated for three Oscars, and went on to become the first silent film to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
But with the advent of sound, the film received some criticism for its disturbing ending, which saw Munchausen (as well as several other characters) be killed by the Scarecrows.
It’s been over a decade since the film won that award, and it’s still considered one of the worst silent films of all time.2.
The Mummy (1997)The original Mummy film was originally a musical, but after the production of the 1999 remake, the studio changed the script and changed the title.
The new film, released in 2000, had the titular mummy, who appears in both films, being held captive by the Egyptian gods.
The original script had him be held captive for 10,000 years, but the new film changed that to 600 years.
The script was also edited to remove the references to a crocodile, so audiences were never able to recognize that the mummy was a crocodilian creature.
It was a huge disappointment to many, and the film has been banned in many countries.3.
The Exorcist (1973)The horror franchise that was the precursor to modern day sequels and horror flicks was created by Francis Ford Coppola, who created a number of films with actors such as Mary Steenburgen and Gary Sinise.
The first of those films was a 1973 remake of the 1973 horror classic The Exeunt of Jane Eyre.
This remake had the protagonist (Elizabeth Taylor) being possessed by a demon named The Demon of the Abyss (played at that time by John Travolta), who kidnaps and tortures a group from the fictional town of Derry.
The series was a hit, but when the producers of the series decided to make a sequel to the series, they took out the entire cast, including actress Emma Stone.
Stone has since said that she doesn’t think the producers were too concerned about the negative reaction to the original film.
The producers were more concerned about what would happen if the film ended up on the big screen.4.
The Last Samurai (2006)This sequel to a popular Japanese samurai series was originally released in 2001, but was changed to make it more mainstream in Japan, which made it an even more popular film.
Set in modern-day Japan, the movie is based on the popular manga series of the same name.
This film was a sleeper hit, and was adapted for the bigscreen in 2010.
The plot is similar to the manga series, but takes place in a much different country, with a samurai being held hostage by the emperor.
It is, of course, one of Japan’s most popular and successful franchises, and has been nominated for more than 100 Academy Awards.5.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2014)This was the first major adaptation of the dystopian novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Game.
The movie follows the exploits of two teenage girls as they attempt to take down a dystopian city that is under siege by the humans.
It also stars Jennifer Lawrence, as Katniss Everdeen, the daughter of a billionaire who is being forced to