Pre-Code Hollywood explores the fascinating period in American motion picture history from to when the commandments of the Production Code Administration were violated with impunity in a series of wildly unconventional films--a time when censorship was lax and Hollywood made the most of it.
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Thomas Doherty. Beyond the familiar concerns and content of Hollywood cinema between gangsters, sex, fallen womenDoherty presents some less familiar aspects of pre-code Hollywood, such as the role of newsreels, the representation or lack thereof of minorities and, particularly fascinating, the lure of the expeditionary film.
Racism unfortunately taints many a Hollywood film from the s, but there was also some push back against Jim Crow in the Pre-Code era and Doherty cites a few important examples. For example, in the movie "Tarzan and his mate"the underwater swimming scene featuring Johnny Weismueller and the Olympic swimmer Josephine McKim doubling pre-code hollywood sex immorality and insurrection in american cinema in Geraldton the lead actress Maureen O'Sullivan is a fine piece of artistry.
In a sense, Doherty avers, the films of pre-Code Hollywood are from another universe. I spent a lot of time between chapters searching various library websites to see if they had this film or that film Trivia About Pre-Code Hollywoo A brief history of American cinema from This is a product of fine piece of work done by Brandies University professor Tom Doherty investigating into the history of Hollywood at the height of Great Depression when much of the nation was reeling under economic turmoil.
They lay bare what Hollywood under the Production Code attempted to cover up and push offscreen: sexual liaisons unsanctified by the laws of God or man, marriage ridiculed and redefined, ethnic lines crossed and racial barriers ignored, economic injustice exposed and political corruption assumed, vice unpunished and virtue unrewarded--in sum, pretty much the raw stuff of American culture, unvarnished and unveiled.
And, just when it makes you long for a Hollywood that never enforced the Code, Doherty correctly acknowledges t A must-read for anyone interested in this fascinating period in American film history! Kirkus Reviews Pre-Code Hollywood is a delight—a text pre-code hollywood sex immorality and insurrection in american cinema in Geraldton witty and lively as the dialogue to be found in most of the pre-Code films under discussion.
Dec 03, Magnus Stanke rated it really liked it Shelves: film. Doherty, who does an outstanding job viewing 20th Century history through the lens of popular culture TV, film. An awesome, well researched, engaging depiction of pre Hays Code films.
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