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Which was the first film?

 
 
kev
 
Reply Fri 9 Dec, 2005 03:15 pm
What was the first film to contain swearing?
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Fri 9 Dec, 2005 04:02 pm
"Gone With the Wind" as far as English language films -- Selznick used his clout to retain the "Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a damn" line. Possibly some foreign film contains what could be swearing in another language but I don't know the film if it exists.
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kev
 
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Reply Fri 9 Dec, 2005 05:33 pm
That was my best guess as well LW. Thanks
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Fri 9 Dec, 2005 05:40 pm
It may have been one of those silent films but due to lack of sound we never got to hear it.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2005 08:09 am
I'm thinking there must be a foreign film before GWTW that contained swearing. After all, they were showing more-or-less explicit sex scenes overseas before we ever dared, being the sedate (a euphemism for ignorant) nation we are.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2005 08:41 am
Are we speaking of theatrical films only? There might well have been short documentaries, not meant for general distribution, which contained so-called swear words in interviews with people for whom this was their customary vernacular. But, yeah, as has been said, GWTW is the first major studio movie I know of to contain a proscribed word.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2005 09:44 am
I'd be more inclined to believe an Italian or French film contained swear words before a documentary but the research would eat up more time than I've got right now.
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