“Dangerous” Films by European Libertines

Posted on March 23, 2007. Filed under: Film, Humor |

I like to think of myself as a cultured fellow. I enjoy the odd “Art House” film. In fact, I enjoy just about anything with subtitles. But I don’t want to spend money on films that are explicit. I don’t normally judge a film by its title, but I ask you, does it take an extraordinary imagination to guess what a film titled “The 400 Blows” is about? It’s smut of this kind that is corrupting the minds of our citizens. We must be ever vigilant to guard against the loose ways of European libertines with “modern” ideas. The American People know when they are being inundated with this type of “culture.” And they know what to do about it. I tell you it is an awesome thing to behold. They will rise up like a mightly wind, and cleanse the Purple Mountains of Majesty of sin.

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