A SHORT HISTORY OF SWEARING IN U.S. CINEMA

A Short History of Swearing In U.S. Cinema
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A SHORT HISTORY OF SWEARING IN U.S. CINEMA



Written by Dont Panic
18 Monday 18th January 2016

Movie Munchies has put together this video that charts the acceptibility, nature and use of profanity in U.S. cinema over decades.

Swearing soon appeared after sound was brought to films in the late 1920s, but this was stamped out by the Motion Picture Association of America a few years later; in 1937, Gone With The Wind made cinematic history - and a $85,000 fine - with 'frankly, my dear, I couldn't give a damn.' 

During the 60s rules were relaxed and we saw the debut of oscene words by actors like Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman. Moving into the present day, filmmakers tailor their language to the classifications films receive, with more coarse language gaining a more adult rating.  

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