Source AP, Yahoo news. ******** I disagree there ...
ON DEADLY GROUND should definitely remain banned ... (hehe !)
Norway Lifts Ban on Forbidden Films
OSLO, Norway - Norway's national film board lifted a ban on hundreds of
films that were deemed too sexually explicit or violent, including 1994's
"On Deadly Ground" starring Steven Seagal (news) and the 1990 gangster
epic "Miller's Crossing."
The decision came after several of the films, banned between 1913 and
1999, were deemed not so objectionable to the Nordic country of 4.5
million, which has deep roots in Lutheran piety.
"Many of these films were banned in different times. Historically there
was an emphasis on moral criteria in censorship. Today professional
criteria have become more important for the classifiers," Tom Loeland,
director of the Nd orwegian Board of Film Classification, said Tuesday.
The board reviewed nearly 14,000 films since 1955, and banned 300. Those
films, including the French movie "Lune Froide (Cold Moon)" by Patrick
Bouchitey, which was banned in 1992, can now be shown.
It also will release many of the movies censored by its predecessor, the
Government Film Control, from 1913 and 1995.
The board changed its policy after its 1999 decision to ban "In the Realm
of the Senses" by Nagisa Oshima was overturned by its complaints panel in
Loeland said the board "today makes a clear distinction between obvious
pornography on one hand, and film with sexual or erotic elements on the
other." He said the law still forbids hardcore pornography in theaters,
on television or on videos or DVDs. It is also banned in print.
Other films that were previously banned include "Robocop 2," "The Return
of the Living Dead" and "New Jack City."
"A lot of holes in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in
those holes. But you gotta do it right. I mean, you gotta have the
hole already dug before you show up with a package in the trunk."
Joe Pesci as "Nicky Santoro" - "Casino" - 1995
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