Censorship of Skin Flicks (1970)

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KRON-TV Newswatch footage from August 4th 1970 with Phil Wilson featuring a report on the making, screening and censorship of pornographic movies in San Francisco, foucssing on O'Farrell Theatre owners the Mitchell Brothers. Includes exterior views of downtown adult movie theaters and of a film production set at the O'Farrell Theatre. Filmmaker Artie Mitchell discusses censorship on his film set and states: "It's their role ... to stop change, to resist change. Just like, you know, change being such an explosive force." There is also an interview with a lawyer ("Mr. Zwerin"), who points out the Board of Supervisors recently tried to close down the O'Farrell Theatre by suggesting that: "They might be using an inflammable film [nitrate film] in the motion picture," posing a potential fire hazard. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

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16mm color magnetic sound film
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Young Broadcasting of San Francisco, Inc.
Type of material
local newsfilm
KRON 2450-2

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