THE WAYS OF CENSORSHIP- Silent Films
THE FIRST PHASES OF FILM CENSORSHIP IN ITALY (1913 - 1921) by Marco Grifo
On May 31, 1914, by Royal decree signed by the Prime Minister Salandra, the Facta Law was approved and the censorship set of laws put in force. The introduction of this law and its subsequent implementation caused an intense debate in the cinematographic press of the time. The subject was approached in two ways: on one hand, the decision of forbidding counter-educational films was welcomed; on the other hand, the strictness of censorship was questioned. Film critics would mostly opt for the latter stance, on the grounds that censorship could jeopardize a flourishing industrial activity with the connivance of a shortsighted government.