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China Censors Nude Scenes In American Film Festival Movies

March 27, 1985

PEKING (AP) _ The Culture Ministry censored nude scenes from ″Kramer vs. Kramer″ and ″The Turning Point,″ two of the movies to be screened in an American film festival in April, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

The officials said a brief bedroom scene from ″The Turning Point″ and a sequence in which Dustin Hoffman’s son sees his father’s girlfriend in ″Kramer vs. Kramer″ were trimmed.

The Chinese had a choice of the five films to be shown and opted for ″Star Wars,″ ″On Golden Pond,″ ″Coalminer’s Daughter″ and the two censored movies, the officials said.

Some 20 million tickets for the April 1-14 festival will be sold at ordinary cinemas in five Chinese cities, and admission will be the regular price of 10 cents. All films will have Chinese subtitles, the officials said.

They said Sissy Spacek, who portrays country singer Loretta Lynn in ″Coalminer’s Daughter,″ will attend the opening of the government- organized festival in Peking next Monday.

Gene Allen, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and director Franklin Schaffner, who made ″Patton,″ will also represent the American industry, the officials said.

Under a U.S.-China cultural agreement, the films will be shown in Peking, Changchun, Chengdu, Shanghai and Canton.

A reciprocal Chinese festival in Washington, New York City, Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago in April and May will feature ″Under the Bridge,″ a drama about troubled youth that was said to have attracted 500 million to the box office in China, the officials said.

The festival was originally scheduled two years ago, but China suspended the cultural accord to protest the U.S. decision to grant asylum to Chinese tennis star Hu Na. The first American film festival in China was in 1981.

Chinese cinemas and television frequently show East European and Japanese films, but American movies are seldom screened.

″They just won’t come up with the foreign exchange to purchase classic films, let alone modern ones,″ said Lynn H. Noah, U.S. Embassy counselor for cultural affairs.

It cost the U.S. government $118,958 to obtain the screen rights, five 35mm prints of each movie and provide subtitles for the festival features, officials said.

Nearly 27 billion tickets were sold in the nation’s cinemas over the last three years, and peasants watch an average of 24 shows a year.

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