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Obscene Language In The Works Of Art
May 12, 2014 14:54


Moscow theatres will not remove performances with obscene words from their repertoires in connection with the presidential decree prohibiting the use of obscene language in the works of art, but they are going to make changes.

According to the new law, it is forbidden to use obscene words in television and radio, in film distribution and public performance of works of art. If one uses foul language in a film, a ban is imposed on issuing a distribution certificate for this movie.

The artistic director of the Meyerhold Centre Viktor Ryzhakov told to RIA Novosti that he is not going to cancel performances. “But the law is adopted, and we will find a way, use Aesopian language, it’s always been the case. The discussion of this law will continue, because it is only self-censorship that is relevant in art, and a work of art is not subject to any other censorship” - the artistic director of the Meyerhold Centre said. Meyerhold Centre is a popular Moscow theatre site known for its experimental performances.

Theatre.doc attracting attention with its critical honest documentary works is not also going to take any prohibitive measures in connection with the adoption of the law. “We will dispute this law. First of all, the law is at variance with copyright. And besides, each performance of the theatre is provided with a notification on the use of obscene language in it, so everyone can decide for himself – if he wants to watch this show or not. There are also restrictions on age, as indicated on the bill of each performance. So I do not understand why we need such a law” - the artistic director of the theatre Mikhail Ugarov said.

Moscow Art Theatre named after Chekhov will not remove performances from the repertoire as well, but it will make changes. “The law prohibiting the use of obscene language is a state law, so it is to be obeyed”, - the theatre’s artistic director, a People’s Artist of the USSR Oleg Tabakov told to RIA Novosti. “We will exclude such words and phrases. It’s easy to do. Frankly, I do not know any good performances with the use of swear words. So there won’t be any big loss associated with artistic revelations. The law was adopted to the point.”

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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