Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (2008)

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Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (2008)

Various film historians, film makers, and cultural commentators discuss the cultural, political, economic and religious reasons for what is known as the pre-code era of Hollywood movie making in the early 1930s, and those same factors which resulted in the drastic turn to working under the code for the twenty or so years starting in 1934. The "code" is the Hollywood Production Code of 1930 (also known as the Hays Code, so named for Will H. Hays, the first head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America), which was developed in order for movie making in Hollywood to run smoothly in the face of increased outside censors. The code was largely ignored until 1934, when its enforcement was overseen by Joseph I. Breen who took over from Hays and who had a different agenda of moral purity. During those four years, pre-code Hollywood movies are characterized by their rawness and pushing the envelope of sexuality and moral ambiguity (with the depraved side often winning), which...
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Creators
Writer Steven C. Smith
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Release Date2008-03-03
Runtime1h 8mins
GenreDocumentary
Content RatingTV-MA (TV-MA)
Awards
CompanyWarner Bros. Entertainment, Trailer Park
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Valerie Spencer
Valerie Spencer
Self - Narrator (voice)
Self - Interviewee
Jonathan Kuntz
Jonathan Kuntz
Self - Interviewee
Self - Interviewee
Self - Interviewee
Camille Paglia
Camille Paglia
Self - Interviewee
Hugh Hefner
Hugh Hefner
Self - Interviewee
Jack Valenti
Jack Valenti
Self - Interviewee
Self (archive footage) (as Will Hayes)
Self - Interviewee
Self - Interviewee
Mark Vieira
Mark Vieira
Self - Interviewee (as Mark A. Vieira)
Norma Shearer
Norma Shearer
Various Roles (archive footage)
Various Roles (archive footage)
Various Roles (archive footage)