"Once in a blue moon, a beguiling movie ignites landmark controversy. It begins and ends on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, a fitting site for this 1953 movie that erupted into a towering controversy."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/29/1994
"...A triumph over censorship..."
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It begins and ends on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, a fitting site for this 1953 movie that erupted into a towering controversy.
The charm of the film's William Holden/David Niven/Maggie McNamara triangle notwithstanding, Hollywood's Production Code refused to approve The Moon Is Blue because of an "unacceptably light attitude toward seduction." Among the movie's offending words: "virgin" and "pregnant." But producer/director Otto Preminger, who had triumphantly staged The Moon Is Blue on Broadway and had seen it become a smash hit on a national stage tour, refused to change a scene or a word. In an unprecedented move, he released the film without the Code's seal. Audiences backed Preminger at the box office - and a new era of moviemaking independence dawned.
A sexy comedy which raised a few eyebrows (for its inclusion of the word "virgin") during the conservative atmosphere of 1953. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Actress--Maggie McNamara, Best Song ("The Moon is Blue").
An aging playboy meets his match when he falls for an attractive young woman who steadfastly refuses to relinquish her virginity. Of course, her withholding act makes the middle-aged lothario go mad with desire, and he increases his seduction efforts ten-fold. Will she give in'
Theatrical Release |
In 1969, the film was reissued and rated MPAA M. When the rating system changed, it was rated MPAA PG.
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