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1 Today’s Topic: Motion Picture Production Code Was the pop culture of 1920s America corrupting the citizens? Should films & radio be censored?

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4 Basic Vocab: Morals? Morals are our beliefs about what is wrong and what is right. Censorship? * the act of stopping transmission or publication of material deemed objectionable. In other words: Cutting out the bad stuff

5 Prohibition Jan = 18th Amendment People Fear = life is changing, becoming corrupt…all b/c of alcohol! Example: 1920s Censorship:

6 Target = Loose behavior in Film People Fear = movies are sending a bad message By 1930s = strict Motion Picture Production Code = Hays Code

7 Spent her career pushing the boundaries of sexual and moral behavior Outraged critics with two sensational Broadway productions in 1926 and 1927 Sex (a play she wrote about a Montreal prostitute) The Drag (a “homosexual comedy-drama”) Arrested in 1928 for her play about a troupe of female impersonators, Pleasure Man Moved from Broadway to Hollywood in 1932, surprising considering that the film industry followed the MPPC (tighter moral scrutiny) Mae West

8 Scandalist film…

9 Will Hays Wrote the Code Joe Breen Enforced the Code 1920s Censorship

10 Why it was needed: The rules: “No picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it” -Only correct standards of life shall be presented -No ridicule of the law or law enforcement agencies (criminals cannot be shown in a sympathetic light) -NO: nudity, “suggestive” dancing, ridicule of religion, no drug use, methods of crime, homosexuality, interracial marriage, STDs, or depiction of child birth, scenes of passion, excessive and lustful kissing The Hays Code Cannot say: Or Or Or OR

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13 MPPC adopted the code in 1930 began enforcing it in 1934 abandoned it in 1968 MPPC was mocked in its early years of “enforcement” The MPPC also prevented a number of anti-Nazi films from being filmed By 1968, society has changed  use MPAA rating system instead created in 1968 to help ease restraints on filmmakers’ while informing parents about the content of films so they can determine which movies are appropriate for their children MPPC to MPAA

14 1920s Motion Picture Production Code What was the MPPC? Why was it created in the 1920s?

15 Basic Vocab: Morals? Morals are our beliefs about what is wrong and what is right. Censorship? * the act of stopping transmission or publication of material deemed objectionable. In other words: Cutting out the bad stuff

16 Prohibition Jan = 18th Amendment People Fear = life is changing, becoming corrupt…all b/c of alcohol! Example: 1920s Censorship:

17 Target = Loose behavior in Film People Fear = movies are sending a bad message By 1930s = strict Motion Picture Production Code = Hays Code

18 Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle (March 24, 1887 – June 29, 1933) -Highest paid Silent Film Actor ($1 mill in 1918) -Mentored Charlie Chaplin -Labor 1921: Miss Virginia Rappe got sick at his party and soon died. -Arbuckle stood trial 3 times for manslaughter. -Acquitted.

19 Will Hays Wrote the Code Joe Breen Enforced the Code 1920s Censorship

20 Why it was needed: The rules: “No picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it” -Only correct standards of life shall be presented -No ridicule of the law or law enforcement agencies (criminals cannot be shown in a sympathetic light) -NO: nudity, “suggestive” dancing, ridicule of religion, no drug use, methods of crime, homosexuality, interracial marriage, STDs, or depiction of child birth, scenes of passion, excessive and lustful kissing, The Hays Code Cannot say: Or Or Or OR

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23 "Big Jim" Colosimo Johnny Torrio Al Capone Assassinated 1920

24 Al Capone Feb 14 th 1929 North Side Gang Bugs Moran

25 Pop Quiz 1.) The film opens with a “plea”? Who is it to and why? 2.) Why did Women start wearing short hair, drinking, smoking, and acting “loose” during the 1920s? 3.) The movie Scarface is based on the life of _________? 4.) What was one crime this individual committed in real life that we see reenacted in the film? 5.) What did the 18 th Amendment do? Why did it help the gangster?


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