France: Of Nuns & Censorship

A nun molested by a monk? A lesbian mother superior? A suicidal sister? Shocking material indeed, even if it is only on film. The movie is a new French production called Suzanne Simonin, la Religieuse de Diderot, and last week it was the center of a bitter controversy that has once more put the government of Charles de Gaulle under a withering verbal cannonade. Reason: it is the first film in French history whose showing has been banned by the government both in France and abroad.

Since the banning, the political press, both...

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