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New System for Handling Films Marked as Adult

Recently, a lot of sexploitation and other classic exploitation and cult films have been removed from Letterboxd because someone on TMDB has been marking them as Adult. I think that the process of importing titles needs to be rethought, because it is drastically affecting my abilities to keep track of my lists and reviews, and it really hurts to see titles disappear after I have put effort into writing reviews and managing lists.

Something really needs to be done about this, because this has continued to be an issue since I first started using the site, and so far there has been no solution to these issues.

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    Turner Stewart shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  AdminMatthew Buchanan (Admin, Letterboxd) responded  · 

    Let’s do this: can someone in this thread compile a list of “important/historically significant” adult films that should be on LB. Then we can see about adding an exceptions list to our importer that uses this list.

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      • Michelle commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There's been a lot of very important films brought up in this thread, but I would specifically point out Japanese pinku films, which are artistically very important and a historically vital genre in Japan. A film history that doesn't include pinku films is totally incomplete. Plus, just as a practical note, the completely arbitrary nature of which pinku films aren't tagged as adult on TMDB and which ones are is laughable sometimes. The erotic horror film Entrails of a Virgin is an "adult" film, but both its sequels (which feature harder sex, and more of it) aren't? Just seems silly to me, and an inability to consistently add the films I'm watching makes my experience on Letterboxd noticeably worse.

      • hill89 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just check The Sinful Dwarf on TMDB in regards to Nick's comment, and it has indeed been changed to Adult. Come on Letterboxd, this kind of nonsense is why this whole filter just needs to be lifted.

      • Nick commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Goddamnit, just discovered all my check ins for The Sinful Dwarf are deleted. It’s not even an adult film!

      • James Siad commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Age_of_Porn
        Films such as "Deep Throat" and "The Devil in Miss Jones" were positively received by major critics such as Roger Ebert, and received wide theatrical releases.
        They were presented as films, they function as films, they were released as films. Many films on this website are sexually explicit. There is nothing to set these apart other than being *intended* as sexual material. But documentaries are meant to be informative, comedies are meant to be humorous, and horror films are meant to be frightening. Is there no room for sexual stimulation?

      • hill89 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Checking up on this again. I still think it's ridiculous that these films aren't allowed. It seems like creating a filter that each user can turn on or off should be simple enough.

      • dhiraj commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I added Faster Fene (2017) movie! it shows compilation video not imported!! please help

      • Cain commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I see no reason why adult content shouldn't be allowed on letterboxd. All other movie sites I use have no issue with it.

      • End commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is the only complaint I have with letterboxd. I hope this issue gets dealt with.
        Jimmy made a good suggestion. An option to enable/disable adult content should please everyone, right? Who could decide which adult films are significant? Just allow them.

      • Jimmy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Matthew Buchanan, any updates? It seems to have been over a year...

      • Jimmy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm also in favor of this. Many films by Jean Rollin, Edward Wood Jr, Jess Franco, etc., are classified as adult but are 'important' by virtue of their creators alone.

        Why not have adult films 'invisible' on the site, but have a setting to allow for their visibility?

      • Lauren commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What I suspect would happen has happened...god forbid a movie have sex scenes! I don't like seeing people lose their reviews and having movies cut off from lists. It's like sending movies into oblivion. I'm glad this site isn't the only way I keep track of movies, but it could be for others. I'm like half asleep and grouchy, but in all seriousness, I respect people may not want to see adult content for whatever reason and adding a filter to toggle on and off (like TMDb) would be a sweet deal and the most reasonable solution. Even though the classification of certain movies as "adult" is still quite blurry and varies from person to person, at least they wouldn't be hidden from the site.

      • Luís Fonseca commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I can't import Naked (1993), written and directed by Mike Leigh. Might be marked as "Adult" on TMDB solely based on the name.

      • Jules commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This needs dealt with and not just “important/historically significant” adult films as there are plenty that aren't that good but are interesting from a filmography viewpoint ie Wes Cravens adult films.

      • Morbus Iff commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yeah, but I get the feeling that the issue here is NOT one of "how hard it is to implement" but rather one of morality from the people behind Letterboxd. I get the impression they're just unwilling to do it because it makes them feel dirty. Or wrong. Or less Christian. Or something.

      • hill89 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Morbus Iff, I like what others have suggested where each person has a filter in their setting that can be turned on or off as to whether or not to see adult content. Then we wouldn't even have to worry about artwork.

      • Morbus Iff commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would much rather see the Adult filter go away. Letterboxd should not be responsible for my sensibilities: if it was, there'd be no romcoms on the site. I'd much rather see that ALL adult films are ALLOWED but, for the purpose of keeping the site "clean", NO artwork would be associated with them.

      • hill89 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's upsetting that there are plenty of films I've seen that I can't add. We really should just do a filter that each person can turn off and on in their settings to specify whether they want to see adult films or not. I think that would be much simpler than creating an exception list and having to add stuff to it every time some one suggests something.

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