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Aired on 15 February 1970, the film marked the conclude of Ken Russell’s affiliation with the BBC

A controversial film which was banned for fifty years following 1 screening is currently being proven at Keswick Movie Competition.

Ken Russell’s Dance of the 7 Veils, about the German composer Richard Strauss, was aired by the BBC in February 1970.

Its sexual intercourse scenes and depiction of Strauss as a Nazi sympathiser drew complaints.

The Strauss household had been outraged and withdrew the legal rights to use his music, effectively banning the film until eventually his copyright ran out.


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