Ever hear about an upcoming movie that somehow disappears before its release—or perhaps shortly thereafter? Well, there's a good chance that flick got "buried," or made and then locked away, just like these controversial films rounded up by the BBC:
- The Day the Clown Cried: Of this movie about a clown who performs in a concentration camp, director and star Jerry Lewis said, "I was ashamed of the work ... and never let anyone see it. It was bad, bad, bad."
- Memory of the Camps: Alfred Hitchcock went into a week-long depression producing this documentary on Nazi death camps. It was scrapped for fear it would stir up too much anti-German sentiment, though it did eventually debut in 1984. You can watch it here.
- The Brave: Johnny Depp's first attempt in the director's chair, a modern-day Western, was bashed by critics at Cannes in 1997. Depp then prevented its US release and hasn't directed since.
- Nailed: It appears the man who brought you American Hustle wasn't as happy with this political satire about a congressman who exploits a woman's sexual urges caused by a nail to the head. The film is done, but David O. Russell says there are no plans to release it.
- Who Killed Bambi?: Think A Hard Day's Night but with the Sex Pistols. It went into production in the 1970s, but the heads at 20th Century Fox deemed it not worth a release.
- Song of the South: This Disney flick based on African-American folktales took flak from the NAACP for giving "the impression of an idyllic master-slave relationship." It was seen in some cinemas, but never released to home video, though its song, "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," is still popular.
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