censorship
  the process of determining what can or can not be viewed by the public or depicted by the motion picture industry; also refers to changes required of a movie by some person or body (other than the studios or film-makers, such as a national or regional film classification board); see also rating systems and banned. See Sex in Cinema and Most Controversial Films of All-Time.
  Example: the arthouse film Last Tango in Paris (1972) with adult-oriented sexual content, now rated NC-17, was originally rated X, and banned in various places for its "obscenity"
  Example: to avoid an NC-17 rating, the orgy scene in Kubrick's last film Eyes Wide Shut (1999) was released in different DVD versions for Regions 1 and 2 (seen above) with computer-generated inserted figures blocking the more explicit sexual activity in Region 1 copies

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