Because it is absurdly hilarious and equally terrifying to think that such a film could endanger world peace. On the other hand, when your movie manages to ignite the possibility of nuclear warfare, then you know your PR team has done well.
By that, of course, we mean the uncredited PR team: The North Korean government. Attempting to spark interest in his film, Italian director Ruggero Deodato went to great lengths to conceal as much information on the production as to make audiences believe it was a real documentary.
By contractually forbidding his actors to appear on any visual media for a year after the release, he pretended to give the impression that the four Americans who travel to South America to shoot an ethnographic film about indigenous people were actually viciously murdered and devoured by the cannibal tribes. Eventually he was able to prove it was also make-believe by bringing his actors out of hiding.
However, the animal cruelty shown in the film was actually real and earned him some punishment. Its graphic sequences made it very difficult for many to see the sophisticated commentary the Western notion of what is means to be civilized. Outright banned in almost a dozen countries including Spain, Norway, Australia and New Zealand, and released with major edits in others like the U. K, Germany and the U. Viewing the film serves more to gain bragging rights for having endured the heinous collection of blood-splattered sequences than to provide any revelatory insight on the Balkan state.
Do not look for it on Netflix, the company refuses to carry it both digitally and in its physical version. Erratic star Marlon Brando and French newcomer Maria Schneider both accused the Italian auteur of emotionally raping and manipulating them. According to the actress, the scandalous sex scene near the end of the film was not part of the original screenplay about a grieving American man falling primitively in love with a young Parisian woman.
She claims to having found out about such sequence when it was already being filmed, which made her feel humiliated and betrayed. Critically the film was praised almost unanimously making it a financial success as well. In Italy, however, the Supreme Court seized all copies of the film, burned them, banned its exhibition for over a decade, and painted Bertolucci as a criminal. While loosely inspired by serial Ed Gein, this claim was for the most part false, but it did enhance the unnerving allure of the film.
Evidently, the level of psychopathic behavior displayed in his slasher magnus opus was more suited for adult viewing. K and other governments refused to allowed their citizens to watch it. In this fictional iteration, the pair is shown engaging in carnal pleasures and living a seemingly normal life away from what the Gospels dictate. Thousands of protestors affiliated with numerous Christian organizations succeeded at forcing major theater chains not to screen the film, which served as a partial ban across the U.
One of their leaders even offered to buy the negatives from Universal in order to destroy them. Nevertheless, the ferocious attacks the film received in California and other part of the country, faint in comparison to the violent reaction in France.
During a screening of the film, a Christian fundamentalist group entered the Saint Michel Theater in Paris and launched Molotov cocktails into the crowd injuring about a dozen people and severely damaging the building.
Traditionally Catholic nations like Mexico, Argentina and Chile condemned the film for over 15 years. Controversy aroused long before the release with several outraged groups within the gay community protesting at several locations throughout NYC where the film was being shot. Stating that the film promoted violence by depicting homosexuality as a deviant lifestyle, furious protesters attempted to disrupt the production of what they considered a homophobic attack.