Many Chinese moviegoers are checking out the 3-D version of Titanic. But as Bloomberg reports, there is one thing missing — a nude Kate Winslet.
China’s latest, notorious case of censorship has nothing to do with politics. Rather, it’s about actress Kate Winslet’s 15-year-old nude scene in the film “Titanic.”
On April 10, the 3-D edition of the film was released in China minus the scene. What makes the government’s decision to cut it particularly controversial is that officials did not tamper with the scene when the original, conventional version of the movie was released in China in 1998.
For Chinese film buffs, this is nothing short of a personal affront that raises two questions. First, where’s our 3-D nude scene? And second, why can we be trusted to handle a 2-D nude scene in 1998 and yet not be trusted to handle a nude scene with an extra dimension in 2012?
One film aficionado wrote, in one of the most popular quips to circulate on China’s microblogs in months: “I didn’t wait 15 years to see 3-D icebergs.”
No, I’m not going there.