The Bill passed through the Commons last week and is expected to have a fairly easy passage in the Lords, in which case it should receive the Royal Assent some time during July [ Following on from this initial examiner screening, the film was seen again by the Board's Secretary, James Ferman, on 29 March, and then by the Board's President, Lord Harlech, on 5 April, accompanied by representatives from the Home Office and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. However, when his search for alternative takes proved fruitless, he agreed to darken the existing shot so that no detail in the lower half of the girl's body would be clearly visible, most specifically any genital detail. Examiners noted that "the film shed a gentler and more sympathetic light on its child-whore subject than Taxi Driver did, and raised similar issues [ Louis Malle's drama about child prostitution in early twentieth century New Orleans had already aroused controversy in the press and overseas when it was first seen by the BBFC on 28 March The representative from the Home Office gave it as his opinion that the sponsors of the Bill would not want to amend it so as to leave such a film free of prosecution, since this was precisely the sort of subject they might be seeking to control". In the meantime, the film was seen again at the beginning of June by members of the BBFC, as well as by members of the DPP's office, Customs and Excise, and the Williams Committee, who were currently looking into the whole issue of film censorship and obscenity.
Zainab. Age: 31.
Following on from this, in November , James Ferman was able to report to the film's distributor that:.
Caitlyn. Age: 24.
Pretty Baby (1978) Nude Scenes
Examiners conceded that, given that legal cuts had been required in , it might be necessary for the same cuts to be implemented for video classification, in which case all existing copies of the film would have to be withdrawn from circulation and destroyed. Nonetheless, in spite of the Board's ambiguous feelings about the necessity of the cuts, the film was banned by Cardiff City Council. Details of these screenings were leaked to the press, resulting in the BBFC issuing a public statement on 2 June stating: "No hasty decision will be taken by the British Board of Film Censors on the film Pretty Baby , which was seen by some members of the Board yesterday.