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Censors Ban “Last Temptation of Christ″

October 25, 1988

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) _ Government censors today banned ″The Last Temptation of Christ″ from South Africa, saying the controversial film would offend people’s religious convictions.

Professor Abraham Coetzee, chairman of the publications directorate, said his censorship committee had been inundated with letters, telegrams and petitions from church and civic groups urging that the film be banned.

Coetzee said the film was found to be undesirable under a section of the regulations dealing with material that is deemed blasphemous or ″offensive to the religious convictions or feelings of any section of the inhabitants of republic.″

The film, directed by Martin Scorsese and based on a novel by Nikos Kasantzakis, depicts a troubled Jesus on the cross who at one point dreams of making love with prostitute Mary Magdalen.

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