UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
May 21, 1970
UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff,
35 MM COLOR MOTION PICTURE FILM ENTITLED "LANGUAGE OF LOVE", 12 reels, 10,342 feet, English and Finnish sound tracks, Defendant
Pollack, District Judge.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: POLLACK
POLLACK, District Judge.
jury reported that the film involved herein is an appeal to prurient interest, an offensive affront to contemporary community standards and utterly without redeeming social importance and value.
Motions are now made for a directed verdict for the claimants, for a new trial and for a stay of the judgment.
To prevent harm to others, the purveyors of obscenity are by statute
deprived of the opportunity of free expression thereof. The Constitution does not protect obscenity.
A society may protect its citizens from public assault by motion pictures that are deeply disturbing, vulgar displays whose fundamental effect and purpose is an appeal to prurient interest without social value.
denominated "educational value" will not save such motion pictures when the educators have been used, as here was done, to put a gloss, albeit a lengthy one,
on contraband. The business promoters of this type of display may not inflict it on the public at large. In my opinion, the outermost constitutional limit of free speech has finally been exceeded by the brinkmanship of this film.
Implicit in the jury's verdict is a finding, with which the Court agrees, that the producers of the film intended the commercial exploitation of prurient (a pathological) interest in viewing audiences.
The educators utilized to supply the discussion scenes did not author the scenes of sexual depiction. In fact, one of the educators testified that when she saw the latter, she felt disturbed "from the aesthetical point of view". She objected to at least two scenes about genital organs in motion and requested that they be frozen into still portrayals. However, the pruning was hardly sufficient to bring the film as a whole within bounds of permissible expression. It is a fair inference that the educators were employed to garnish the sexual portrayals and were pawns in a scheme to exploit morbid curiosity in offensive displays of nudity and sexual acts.
Most of the legal points raised by the claimants have been answered heretofore. United States v. 35 MM Color Motion Picture Film. Entitled "Language of Love", 311 F. Supp. 108 (S.D.N.Y. 1970).
Additional points were disposed of at the trial and those now made and not already covered are lacking in merit.