Burstyn v. Wilson

In Burstyn v. Wilson, the Supreme Court considers if New York can ban the Italian film “Il Miracolo” (released as “The Miracle” in the United States) due to “sacrilegious” content. The film features a woman who believes she was impregnated by Saint Joseph. The case comes about a year after the Legion of Decency denounces the film as sacrilegious and demands that it be banned.

The court overturns Mutual v. Ohio, placing movies under the full protection of the First Amendment. However, this ruling does not overturn film censorship if carried out “under a narrowly drawn statute.”