Name: Louis Malle, Les Amants

Date:  1951 - 1975

Location:  North America

SubjectExplicit Sexuality , Nudity

MediumFilm Video

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Artist: Louis Malle, Director

Confronting Bodies: State of Ohio

Date of Action: 1964

Specific Location: Ohio

Description of Artwork: Louis Malle's film, Les Amants (The Lovers) told the story of a bored, neglected, bourgeois house wife who falls for an irreverent young student. Although it celebrated the glories of adulterous love, Les Amants sexual explicitness is limited to a glimpse of the heroine's breast.

Description of Incident: In the case Jacobellis vs. Ohio, the State of Ohio used obscenity law to ban the film. Justice Brennen points out that the film must be utterly without social importance, and Justice Potter Stewart states, " I shall not here today attempt further to define (obscenity)...But I know it when I see it."

Results of Incident: In 1968 the Supreme Court reversed the obscenity conviction of the Ohio theater who exhibited Les Amants.

Source: New York Public Library, New York City

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