Film Critics Denounce Censorship After Viewing “Remous”

The 1935 French film “Remous” is released in the United States under the name “Whirlpool.” After viewing a censored version of the film, film critics begin to denounce censorship as interference with artistic expression.

Throughout the late 1940s, foreign films begin to influence the United States movie market with their realistic portrayals of life. Greater access to these films put pressure on Hollywood to produce more adult fare. This, in turn, put pressure on the Production Code Administration to allow greater artistic freedom.