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Lecture 5

AMST 35A Lecture 5: H: 5. Pre-code Hollywood

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American Studies
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AMST 35a
Doherty Thomas

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find more resources at Pre-code Hollywood (1930-1934) ● Distinct 4 years ● Cultural history ● Americans were moving into “The Great Depression” ○ People who experienced The Great Depression: hopeless, desperate ■ Traumatize all people (Americans) at that time ■ 25% unemployment ■ If you earn a little money, you gave it to your mother ● Films in this period have the background of “The Great Depression” ○ Begin with the stock market crash Will H. Hays ● “The Czar of Hollywood” appointed first head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America 1922 ● Codes of Dos and Don’ts ○ Movies getting sexier ● The production code (produced by the Catholics) ○ Regulate the movies to make sure they are pure and entertaining ○ Includes the reasons for the codes ○ A general agreement ● Sexuallly explicit material ○ Moral message: ■ The general public was pressurizing the girls ■ Girls wanted to get a job so desperately because of “The Great Depression”, also to get
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