A FILM historian has released a book of censored memorabilia from the Franco era.

Welcome Llopis began collecting postcards, posters and magazine advertisements from the period in 1982, which he has compiled for his book, La censura franquista en el cartel de cine.

He found that not only were people´s clothes and appearance censored, but also political, religious and social issues.

Movie stars such as Joan Crawford, or James Cagney, who had shown their support for the Republican cause during the war, were declared persona non grata; their faces could appear on the poster for a film, but not their names.

Censorship was active for 40 years, before being abolished by President Adolfo Suarez in 1977.

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