The Shmooze

Producers Plan To Dispute Holocaust Film's R Rating

By Michael Kaminer

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What does a new Holocaust documentary have in common with “The Kids Are All Right,” “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “Predators”? An R rating, according to the Classification and Rating Administration of the Motion Picture Association of America.

Yesterday’s New York Times reports that “A Film Unfinished,” which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, earned the R rating, which requires viewers under the age of 17 to be accompanied by an adult, for “disturbing images of Holocaust atrocities, including graphic nudity.”

But Adam Yauch, the Beastie Boy who also owns Oscilloscope Pictures — which produced the film — is vowing to appeal. “This is too important of a historical document to ban from classrooms,” he said in a statement reported by the Times. The film’s slated to open in New York on August 18.


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