The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will not screen in India, blurred in China

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Director David Fincher’s Oscar nominated English language adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is one of the best films on circuit currently. However, like I mentioned in my review, it is remarkably unflinching when it comes to the story’s more graphic scenes. And trust me, they are graphic.

India’s Central Board of Film Certification had previously requested that 5 scenes be excised from the film. These scenes contained elements of consensual sex, rape and explicit violence. However, Fincher has refused to make the requested changes though, and as a result Sony Pictures have put a halt on their proposed 10th February release date.

The official statement from Sony’s Mumbai office reads:

“Sony Pictures will not be releasing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in India. The censor board has judged the film unsuitable for public viewing in its unaltered form and, while we are committed to maintaining and protecting the vision of the director, we will, as always, respect the guidelines set by the board.”

I completely respect and agree with Fincher’s decision here. Lots of films have blatantly gratuitous sex and violence, but this was not the case here. The sex and violence was part and parcel of who these characters were, and by removing these completely you would be drastically changing the impact of certain story elements.

The film also opened to much fanfare and spectacle in China this morning, when it was revealed that China’s Censorship boards also had a problem with the very same graphic scenes, but they decided to leave the scenes in, and instead employ mosaic blurring over the more naughty bits on screen. This is a much more reasonable solution, I feel.

What do you guys think? Should Fincher just have cut the scenes?

Last Updated: January 31, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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