Hollywood Before the Code

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Thu, 12/27/2018 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
Film archivist Elliot Lavine talks about pre-code cinema on The Film Show on KBOO Radio with S.W. Conser
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Lydia B. Smith is the director of the award-winning documentary Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
Lydia B. Smith is the director of the award-winning documentary Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
Local film archivist Elliot Lavine introduces audiences to the risqué cinema of our grandparents' day

 

Putting the Sin in Cinema is the name of film historian Elliot Lavine's course about the early days of sound film, when Hollywood addressed social issues with minimal censorship.  Following a series of celebrity scandals and complaints about lewd content, the studios created the Hays Code to head off goverment restrictions.  But the films made before the Hays Code was enforced remain classics in the minds of critics and audiences, with a suprisingly progressive and feminist slant that didn't reappear until decades later.

We're also joined in the studio by Lydia B. Smith, director of the award-winning documentary Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago, which is airing on Public Broadcasting stations during the holiday season.

Note: This is the final episode of The Film Show before the program merges with Words and Pictures in 2019.  Join us on KBOO every second and fourth Thursday at 11:30am!

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