Yorkshire nostalgia: East Riding bans Last Tango in Paris

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East Riding County Council wrote to cinemas across the district calling on them to ban The Last Tango In Paris. Clerk to the council R A Whitley confirmed letters had gone out to all cinemas saying any screenings of the film would represent an “offence in public feeling.”

Starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider, the film is about a widower’s violent affair with a young girl. Oscar Topham, deputy mayor of Bridlington, said: “I have not seen the film but I have read the script and I did not intend to waste my time sitting through such a filthy film.”

The story appeared in the Yorkshire Evening Post in February 1974.

However, it wasn’t the only show drawing criticism - a 60-minute play by William Fairchild called The Break, screened on YTV, resulted in calls for demonstrations outside the Leeds studios. Protesters said they were outraged by the film’s portrayal of sustained mental violence.

Leeds, Moortown, 12th April 1984''Comic actor Roy Kinnear turned to "The Twits" when he visited Allerton Grange Middle School, Moortown, Leeds.''The television and stage star, who is appearing this week at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, took tim eoff for a spot of story telling in the school hall and is pictured here with some of the second year pupils.

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