The Trade: Four-Letter Choices

Censorship is so repugnant to most moviemakers they would rather have Mondo Freudo shown in a kindergarten than let a censor bowdlerize Ulysses. On the other hand, many parents would sooner burn a theater than let their children watch the crudity visible in all too many "adult films."

Well aware that parental concern about galloping pornography had powerful support in Washington, the Motion Picture Association of America last October announced a new voluntary system of rating pictures—the first in Hollywood history. "We don't want to legally pass judgment on art," explained M.P.A.A. President Jack Valenti. "What we're trying to do is...