American Film

This month we bring you Lillian Gerard’s stunning McCarthy era memoir, “Withdraw the Picture!” and “The Miracle in Court.” Originally published in two parts in the June and July 1977 American Film™, Gerard’s story seems especially timely in a year when so many historic cases have come before the United States Supreme Court. Gerard was in her mid 30s, exhibiting foreign films at New York’s Paris Theatre, when she was ordered by a local censor to stop screening Roberto Rossellini’s THE MIRACLE (1950). She refused. Her decision in what she called “a time of hysteria” resulted in mass demonstrations, bomb-threats and a landmark Supreme Court decision, establishing the movie industry’s First Amendment rights.