Censuring The Censors


Rod W coordinates and maintains these entries. He also maintains The Chopping List, a comprehensive guide to movies which have been censored in Australia.



Man Bites Dog (C'est Arrivé Près de Chez Vous)

Man Bites Dog has been censored in a number of different countries, and Australia is certainly no exception. While I am not entirely sure how much footage is missing from this version, I can confirm that the notorious rape scene has been cut. This may actually work in the film's favour, however, because it preserves some semblance of sympathy we have for the characters.
Addendum January 21, 2002: I have been emailed by an owner of the Tartan R2 DVD, which apparently is actually a British release, who states that this R4 version would appear to be an NTSC to PAL conversion, as the running time is identical to the Australian theatrical exhibition. The single cut to this version is the aforementioned 108 second rape scene. The Tartan R2 DVD is intact in this regard, but is actually a PAL-based transfer, hence the shorter running length.