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India can’t tell Woody Allen what to do

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Nobody tells Woody Allen to change his movies, and certainly not the government of India.

The director’s new film, Blue Jasmine, had its Indian release held up over the fact that some of the characters are shown smoking; India has a law that, when such a scene takes place, there must be an anti-tobacco disclaimer superimposed over the picture.

Allen cancelled the distribution deal because he feels that “when the scroll comes, attention goes to it rather than the scene.” And yet he has no problem with subtitles.

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