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Oscilloscope to appeal MPAA’s R-rating of ‘A Film Unfinished’

A Film Unfinished has garnered an 'R'-rating from the MPAA for 'disturbing images of Holocaust atrocities including graphic nudity.' In response to that decision, Oscilloscope Laboratories has announced it will appeal the decision. The documentary, which is set for a national release this month, shows an unfinished Nazi propaganda film shot in 1942 in the Warsaw Ghetto in its entirety, noting fictionalized sequences throughout the film. A Film Unfinished won the World Cinema Documentary Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and has also won awards at Hot Docs and AFI's Silverdocs Film Festival. Oscilloscope owner Adam Yauch says the rating would block classrooms from using the film for educational purposes.
August 3, 2010

A Film Unfinished has garnered an ‘R’-rating from the MPAA for ‘disturbing images of Holocaust atrocities including graphic nudity.’ In response to that decision, Oscilloscope Laboratories has announced it will appeal the decision. The documentary, which is set for a national release this month, shows an unfinished Nazi propaganda film shot in 1942 in the Warsaw Ghetto in its entirety, noting fictionalized sequences throughout the film. A Film Unfinished won the World Cinema Documentary Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and has also won awards at Hot Docs and AFI’s Silverdocs Film Festival. Oscilloscope owner Adam Yauch says the rating would block classrooms from using the film for educational purposes.

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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