Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom has hit out at American censors for handing his latest movie CASANOVA an R rating - insisting they are too strict.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) were particularly concerned about a scene in which star Heath Ledger has sex under a table.

He tells the New York Daily News, "From my experience (in previous film The Cider House Rules), I had to cut out thrusts between Tobey Maguire and Charlize Theron; a half a thrust is okay for PG-13. It's crazy."