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Pre-Code and Post-Code Hollywood

Discussion in 'Movies' started by ClassyCo, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. ClassyCo

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    Any one else interested in the shift of classical Hollywood from Pre-Code to Post-Code and the changes that clouded the industry of the era?
     
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    A lot of the Hayes Office rules were ridiculous but I think they resulted in writers and directors being a little more creative and insinuating things rather than showing them. That's not to say that some films didn't suffer because of the code. I think "Rebecca" suffered, not irreparably, but it would have been a better film if a certain major plot-point hadn't been changed.

    In my opinion the actor whose career appeared to change the most because of the code was Norma Shearer; she successfully shifted from sexually liberated contemporary women in her pre-code films to noble heroines and period dramas after the code was put into effect.
     
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    Shearer did entirely reinvent herself at the start of the sound era, but I also think the naughtiness of Jean Harlow and Mae West also took a hit, too.
     

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