I was perusing, as I so often do, the Internet Movie Database when I stumbled upon something quite surprising. It was that the 1929 Disney animation, ‘The Skeleton Dance‘, was banned in, of all places, Sweden. Clicking on the provided link, I discovered a whole bunch of startling bannings in Sweden (there are 229 in total, according to IMDB):
- Drum (1976), an arguably offensive sexploitation movie;
- A Kiss Before Dying (1956), an excellent thriller starring Robert Wagner and Joanne Woodward, based on the novel by Ira Levin (later known for Rosemary’s Baby and The Boys from Brazil, The Stepford Wives and, one my favourites, This Perfect Day;
- Mad Max (1979), the famous Aussie flick that made Mel Gibson;
- Magnum Force (1973), a sequel to Dirty Harry
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), Hitchcock’s original version; and
- The Public Enemy (1931), a very important James Cagney movie.