Banning Films Always Backfires

Neil Calloway argues that Russian censors have made a mistake…

While you were getting upset that your favourite film hadn’t been nominated for an Oscar – some of us are still annoyed that Under Siege was never recognised by the Academy – you may have missed the news that The Death of Stalin has been banned in Russia. When a Moscow cinema defied the ban this week, it was raided by the police.

It’s hard to see what the authorities were trying to do, because a ban like this will always be counterproductive. You can bet when the Home Entertainment release comes next month the DVD and Blu-ray boxes will include the reason for the ban alongside quotes from good reviews. The director Armando Iannucci has spent the week retweeting people who disagree with the ban. You can’t buy new stories that only serve to promote your film like that.

See full article on Flickeringmyth