Yet another movie thread: Hays code
Posted 21 September 2005 - 06:28 AM
I love how directors suggested the taboo with a choice line here or there. Only in the Hays era could you have a character as subtly gay as Captain Renault, who says he "would be in love with Rick." Or the wide-eyed adoration Sal Mineo shows towards James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.
Profanity was also outlawed, and so I love the insults old Hollywood came up with. "You're like a leaf blown from gutter to gutter." "You despise me Rick." "If I gave you any thought I probably would." "She's my idea of nothing." "She can't act, she can't sing, she can't dance. The triple threat."
I still love movies that are made today, but as I watch old movies I'm often jolted out of my complacency by how imaginative the directors and screenwriters were back in the day. I love their use of phallic symbols, particularly their use of cigarettes.
Anyone else have a favorite "Hays code" moment?
Posted 21 September 2005 - 07:07 AM
Posted 21 September 2005 - 11:56 AM
Posted 21 September 2005 - 01:06 PM
On the other hand, there are rules about the depiction of violence that might enhance the pleasure (and social utility) of movies today.
a. The technique of murder must be presented in a way that will not inspire imitation.
b. Brutal killings are not to be presented in detail.
c. Revenge in modern times shall not be justified.
2. Methods of Crime should not be explicitly presented"
Thanks, Mme. Hermine, for the link to the fascinating artifact.
Posted 21 September 2005 - 01:15 PM
The Code was a boon to certain genres – the great era of screwball comedy was a direct outgrowth of the advent of censorship, I think – and encouraged the proliferation of musicals, adventure stories, etc. – types of pictures where the naturalistic or realistic depiction of events wasn’t central or even especially desirable.
Posted 22 September 2005 - 11:33 AM
Posted 22 September 2005 - 02:11 PM
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