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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 70m 18s

BBFCInsight Contains very mild violence and sex references and scenes of smoking

Genre(s) Drama, Romance

Director(s) Alfred Hitchcock

Cast includes Isabel Jeans, Franklyn Dyall, Eric Bransby Williams, Ian Hunter, Robin Irvine, Violet Fairbrother, Frank elliot, Dacia Deane, Dorothy Boyd, Enid Stamp-Taylor

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 28/11/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

EASY VIRTUE is 1928 black and white silent feature directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It tells the story of a woman who flees to the South of France following her conviction for adultery and her subsequent divorce. She meets and marries a young man in France but when the couple return to England the woman's past catches up with her. It was originally classified A for cinema release in 1928 (meaning persons under 16 should be accompanied by an adult) and was subsequently classified U for DVD release in 2006. This cinema re-release is rated U for very mild violence and sex references and scenes of smoking.

The one scene of violence occurs early in the film when the woman's lover is confronted by her husband. The woman's lover reaches for a revolver and fires a shot. The husband then beats the other man with his cane before collapsing to the ground. The scene is very brief and there is no sight of blood or injury.

In one scene a caption card shows a juror saying "An attractive wife of a drunkard husband, at home all day with another man who loved her - the evidence looks conclusive to me". The jury later find the woman guilty of 'misconduct' and her new mother-in-law refers to her, also by way of a caption card, as a woman of 'easy virtue'.

EASY VIRTUE includes several scenes of smoking. However, this merely reflects the age of the film, which now seems very dated and is unlikely to have significant appeal to children.

U stands for Universal, which means that we think the film is suitable for audiences aged four or older.


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