Fuck is a 2005 American documentary film by Steve Anderson, which argues
the titular word is key to discussions on freedom of speech and
censorship. It provides perspectives from art, linguistics and society.
Oxford English Dictionary editor Jesse Sheidlower, journalism analyst
David Shaw, and linguists Reinhold Aman and Geoffrey Nunberg explain the
term's evolution. Comedian Billy Connolly states it can be understood
regardless of one's background, and musician Alanis Morissette says its
taboo nature gives it power. The film contains the last interview of
author Hunter S. Thompson before his suicide. It features animated
sequences by Bill Plympton. The documentary was first screened at the
AFI Film Festival at ArcLight Hollywood. The New York Times critic A. O.
Scott called the film a battle between advocates of morality and
supporters of freedom of expression; a review by the American Film
Institute said this freedom "must extend to words that offend". Other
reviewers criticized the film's length and repetitiveness. Its DVD was
released in the US and the UK and used in university courses.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Romulus, the legendary co-founder of Rome, held the first
Roman triumph to celebrate a military victory following the Rape of the
War of the Castilian Succession: Although the Battle of Toro
was militarily inconclusive, it assured Ferdinand and Isabella (both
pictured) the throne of Castile, forming the basis for modern Spain.
French physicist Henri Becquerel discovered the principle of
radioactive decay when he exposed photographic plates to uranium.
World War II: American and Australian troops won the Battle of
Sio in New Guinea.
Four Puerto Rican nationalists shot 30 rounds from semi-
automatic pistols during an open session of the United States House of
Representatives, injuring five people.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
A person who, by virtue of sovereignty, holds the exclusive right to
create and confer legitimate titles of nobility and orders of chivalry.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I, who have sent armies into fire and soldiers to their death,
say today: We sail onto a war which has no casualties, no wounded, no
blood nor suffering. It is the only war which is a pleasure to
participate in — the war for peace.