As 'Blue is the Warmest Color' gets an NC-17, 10 notable films to have received the rating
From 'Shame' to 'Showgirls,' why the MPAA's highest rating is no badge of dishonor
2. “Poison” (Todd Haynes, 1992)
Inspired by the writing of Jean Genet and splicing together faux-documentary, sci-fi and queer romance narratives, Todd Haynes’s feature debut is such a brazen study of social and sexual difference and isolation that it would scarcely have been appropriate for the MPAA to approve of it: “explicit sexuality” ensured that wasn’t a problem. More aggravated by the film, however, was the American Family Association, who objected to the National Endowment for the Arts funding this and other gay-themed works. No matter: Haynes took top honors at Sundance and grew into one of America’s most vital auteurs, though he has yet to vex the censors again.
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