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Blind Date with a Banned Book: 2017: Censorship on Film

Banned Books Week (BBW): Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted!

Check out a Film!

This small listing of films were based on frequently banned or challenged books. Locations and Call Numbers included.

Check it out with your ID card or watch it in the Library!

Film Clip: Storm Center (1956)

In Storm Center (1956), Bette Davis plays a librarian who is accused of being a Communist for refusing to remove a book from the library's collection. See Also: The NY Times Movie Review of Storm Center.

Film Clip: Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Fahrenheit 451 (1966) was adapted from Ray Bradbury's book of the same name. It's story set in the future, where firemen don't put out fires. Instead, they burn books. Everyone must be equal, you know. See Also: the NY Times Movie Review of Fahrenheit 451.

Film Clip: Inherit the Wind (1960)

Based on a stage play of the same name, Inherit the Wind (1960) tells the true story of a young science teacher who is accused of the crime of teaching evolution. See Also: the NY Times Movie Review of Inherit the Wind.

Here's Spencer Tracy: "Because fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy. And needs feeding."

Flim Clip: 1984 (1984)

Based on the George Orwell book of the same name, 1984 (1984) tells the tale of a future where private, individual reflection has been declared a thought crime by the totalitarian government. See Also: the NY Times Movie Review of 1984.

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