There was a period when you could go to your local Odeon and see films that were controversial, the subject of media furore and subject to scathing censorship and cries of moral indignation.
These were not obscure B movie schlock but films made, by and large, by established film makers and featuring established actors, or auters starting out.
Many years before VHS and the rise of the so called video nasty; this was the golden age of the controversial movie.
Between 1971 and 1975 we saw the likes of
A Clockwork Orange
Harold & Maude
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Last Tango in Paris
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Salo-120 days of Sodom
Maybe film makers where most likely to 'push the envelope and maybe audiences where more open to something new and challenging. The thing is that these are the films that still retain an air of mystery and fascination to Movie lovers because they remind us of a time when it was not always necessary to play it safe. a time when you could have a debate about Cinema.
Sunday bloody Sunday
Texas Chainsaw Massacre