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Forbidden Film: The Production Code Era (2009)

This short documentary explores the history behind Hollywood's infamous "Production Code".


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Credited cast:
Kirby Dick ... Himself - Interviewee
Anthony Slide Anthony Slide ... Himself - Interviewee
Mark Vieira ... Himself - Interviewee


This short documentary explores the history behind Hollywood's infamous "Production Code".

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Release Date:

7 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Burbank, California, USA

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New Wave Entertainment See more »
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This short documentary can be found on the following DVD's: Cleopatra (1934) 75th Anniversary Edition, and the "Pre-Code Hollywood Collection". See more »

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A VERY brief overview of introduction of the Production Code...
6 June 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an extra that is included with the films "The Cheat" and "Merrily We Go To Hell"--both somewhat scandalous so-called 'Pre-Code' films. The term Pre-Code refers to Hollywood films that were made up until the middle of 1934--when a tougher and suddenly enforced code of conduct was instituted for all American films. The reasons why as well as what this code meant are discussed in this extra. While it's not bad, it is WAY too brief--clocking in at under ten minutes. Because of that, it is superficial and incomplete. As a result, seminal Pre-Code films are ignored and an overly simplistic explanation of the system is given. My biggest complaint is that the discussion of the new code too simple--while it did impact free speech and stifled some of the studios' artistic license, nudity, violence, harsh language and other very adult content were becoming wide-spread in movies. And, because there is no ratings system, it was getting tougher for families looking for entertainment. Both sides definitely have their point--and a detailed analysis of this is not to be had in "Forbidden Film"--and there are better and more thorough documentaries out there, such as "Complicated Women".

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