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In early 1919, the Weimar Republic did away with national censorship, causing a freer creative climate and also a spike in films considered to be pornographic. The following spring, the Reich Film Act was instated in an attempt to curtail the new wave of “smutty” pictures, an act that would later enable the ruling Nazi party to officially censor ideology in German cinema

In a Film Kurier interview dated 12th July, 1920, David Oliver, head of Decla Bioscop discusses his company’s attempts at self-censorship.

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