Publisher: Columbia University Press (August 15, 1999)
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Pre-Code Hollywood explores the attention-grabbing interval in American movie historical past from 1930 to 1934 whilst the commandments of the creation Code management have been violated with impunity in a chain of wildly unconventional movies -- a time while censorship was once lax and Hollywood made the main of it. even though extra unbridled, salacious, subversive, and simply undeniable weird and wonderful than what got here afterwards, the movies of the interval do certainly have the glance of Hollywood cinema -- however the ethical terrain is so off-kilter that they appear imported from a parallel universe.In a feeling, Doherty avers, the movies of pre-Code Hollywood are from one other universe. They lay naked what Hollywood lower than the creation Code tried to hide up and push offscreen: sexual liaisons unsanctified via the legislation of God or guy, marriage ridiculed and redefined, ethnic traces crossed and racial obstacles overlooked, monetary injustice uncovered and political corruption assumed, vice unpunished and advantage unrewarded -- in sum, pretty well the uncooked stuff of yank tradition, unvarnished and unveiled.No different publication has but sought to interpret the movies and film-related meanings of the pre-Code period -- what outlined the interval, why it ended, and what its courting used to be to the rustic as a complete in the course of the darkest years of the nice Depression... and later on.