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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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  • 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.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The Private Afternoons Of Pamela Mann has been mentioned, directed by Radley Metzger, who just died. I find it depressing that I just saw it but cannot log this one in.

  • Lauren commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I notice more movies disappearing because of this every day and it's really frustrating. Luckily there are more obscure titles that make it through because nobody cares to check up on them, but for more popular movies like by Jean Rollin and Jess Franco which I've noticed, keep randomly disappearing. Why not add an option to toggle whether "adult" films are shown or not like how TMDB does? People who don't want to see them won't have to and those who want to still can. I really want to like Letterboxd but this is definitely hindering my experience on the site and I'm wary to write reviews about certain movies in case they end up missing from the site.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    A lot of films have been marked as Adult or Video on TMDB and has been deleted here which is really annoying. A lot of these movies are not Adult or compilation Videos

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