MOON IS BLUE, THE
Now considered the first shot in the fight against the film community's antiquated self-censorship system, THE MOON IS BLUE helped propel director Otto Preminger to household-name status. Preminger wouldn't remove forbidden words — virgin, pregnant, seduce — from this light romantic comedy with William Holden, David Niven and Maggie McNamara. It was Preminger's first film as an independent producer, based on the play he'd directed on stage. "I am not a crusader," said Otto Preminger of his refusal to make the edits required for a Production Seal, "but it gives me great pleasure to fight for my rights." DIR/PROD Otto Preminger; SCR F. Hugh Herbert, from his play. U.S., 1953, b&w, 99 min. NOT RATED
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