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Questo sporco mondo meraviglioso / Mondo Perverso

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“Questo Sporco Mondo Meraviglioso” (“This Dirty, Wonderful World”) is a 1971 film directed by Mino Loy and Luigi Scattini. Initially, the film faced opposition for public screening due to what was termed “the evident obscenity of a substantial number of episodes,” episodes considered to be a significant part of the film’s context and purpose.

Featured image: Scene from the episode dedicated to Minamata disease, caused by mercury poisoning following the release of methylmercury into the wastewater. The frame features 14-year-old Tomoko Uemura; her case is considered one of the most severe and well-known. She will die in 1977 at the age of 21. (source)

Censorship and Revision

Following the first review on March 24, 1971, the Revision Commission proposed the removal of seven specific episodes to grant approval for public screening. These episodes were:

  1. The life of two hermaphrodites
  2. A striptease in a venue in Copenhagen
  3. A Black model photographed in an American location
  4. Group love in Denmark
  5. A sequence featuring blind children touching the naked bodies of a man and a woman
  6. Group psychotherapy sessions involving bathing in a pool
  7. A woman and a man passionately kissing, where the woman displays her vibrating tongue

With the removal of these scenes, as well as several explicit frames, totaling 335 meters of film, it was granted permission for public viewing but limited to individuals over the age of 18.

Availability of Uncut Version

An uncut version of the film, running for 90 minutes, is available online under the German title “Mondo Perverso – Diese wundervolle und kaputte Welt” (“Perverse World – This Wonderful and Broken World”).

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