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TCM Announces programming event featuring movies condemned by the Catholic Church

Thursday 25 February 2016, by SIGNIS

Culver City, Brussels, February 25th 2016, (Rose Pacatte/Patheos/SIGNIS). Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will travel through the decades to explore a little-known aspect of film history: the powerful influence the Catholic Legion of Decency held over the movie business in the United States for more than half a century.

Throughout the month of March, TCM will present Condemned, an expansive, 27-film programming event that will delve into the story of the organization that dedicated itself to protecting American audiences from “objectionable” content and explore the impact the legion had on how movies were ultimately produced and edited to avoid being labeled.

Programming begins Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m. and will air every Thursday throughout March with primetime screenings hosted by Sister Rose Pacatte, member of The Daughters of St. Paul, founding director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies and celebrated film reviewer.

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Sister Rose Pacatte

Founded in 1933, the Catholic Legion of Decency was dedicated to combating objectionable content in films, often of a sexual nature, from the viewpoint of the Catholic Church. The Legion distributed a list of ratings for films, classifying them as A (morally unobjectionable), B (morally objectionable in part) or C (condemned). The Condemned programming slate will explore these films, screening 27 movies that were either condemned or found objectionable by this influential organization.

Key programming highlights include: Baby Face (1933), And God Created Woman (1956), Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), The Carey Treatment (1972) , The Moon Is Blue (1953), or L’Amore (1948)

“We’re always looking for creative ways to explore film history through various viewpoints and this month-long programming slate provides fans with a different perspective in order to view these films through a new lens.” said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM.

To view a trailer for Condemned, please click here.

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