Malle-Practice

A respected foreign filmmaker duels with American movie ratings

WHICH MOVIE DESERVES AN NC-17 "ADULTS ONLY" rating: A) the escapades of an oversexed ice-pick murderer or B) a somber study of upper-class Britons? If you picked B, you too can work for the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA forced French director Louis Malle (Atlantic City) to re-edit a love scene in Damage, which opened last week, before receiving the same "R" given the gore and genitalia of Basic Instinct. Malle had no choice -- many theaters won't show NC-17 movies. "In no way was the scene pornographic," he insisted. "In Europe we don't have this problem with nudity."...

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