The Big Picture: Hollywood History 101 Supplemental: The Code

MovieBob

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Hollywood History 101 Supplemental: The Code

The Hays Code made movies more "moral".

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vxicepickxv

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I actually want to see what a lot of those older movies were all about.

How many of them are public domain now? Does anyone know where I can get them on the cheap if they're not?
 

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I find it interesting that Hollywood has essentially come full circle and it hasn't even been a hundred years.
 

Jake the Snake

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Hooray for stupid people perpetuating the puritanical notion of denying everything that makes people human being able to appear in the media. No wonder we're all so messed up. Good episode Bob.
 
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God, FINALLY. I mean don't get me wrong, this episode was really interesting (probably the best of the "History of Movies" set) but still....This has been going on for a looooooong time. I'm ready to get back into complicated comic continuity and stuff about how nerds ruling the planet.

EDIT: Also, FUCK. THESE. FUCKING. ADS. Seriously, is anyone else seeing this? "El Shaddai"? Incredible amounts of lag? A medieval knight wearing blue jeans to your left? A LOT. OF FUCKING. LAG? Anyone?
 

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bob should do more of these Something's History 101 videos, i really enjoyed them
 

therockdemon

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very good series i learned alot and i am now taking more intrest in the history of films thanks bob
 

Altercator

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Hi Bob.

First of all thanks for replying to my previous post [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/jump/6.287041.11357128].

Considering the censorship scene in Hollywood, have you watched This Film Is not Yet Rated by Kirby Dick? [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0493459]

Do you think there's a parallel relationship between censorship & profit in terms of what Hollywood is trying to mooch money from a wider, larger demographic as possible?
 

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I absolutely loved this series. Reminded me of being in my 10th grade history course. The teacher for that class was a real stand up guy; always quick with a good, informative story. And the history of pop culture isn't something they teach you a lot about in school, so this was all news to me. Actually, I wish they had taught more about this stuff. Especially with regards to this last installment about censorship, it's hard to deny the relevance of this type of information to our day-to-day lives. It makes me grateful to live in this age of information, where broader cultural influences help me to keep my mind open and creative, and it reminds me that the ultimate cure for bigotry is knowledge.
 

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vxicepickxv said:
I actually want to see what a lot of those older movies were all about.

How many of them are public domain now? Does anyone know where I can get them on the cheap if they're not?
If they're not local to rent or on Netflix, you may likely find them at your local library.
 

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I gotta say, I really enjoyed these videos. Not only educational, but they provided new insight and perspective into issues I already knew about. I've got to say, between his rants on social and political issues to recapping the history from everything to Green Lantern to Hollywood, he really has an engaging and thought provoking series here.

I kinda wish he did leave more recommendations of supplemental material. For example, The Celluloid Closet or This Film is Not Yet rated.
 

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zingobingo4 said:
sax & violins. love it.
Holy shit I just got that. Gah, I was scratching my head when those images popped up. I feel like a dumb.
 

MovieBob

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If it is one thing people in the U.S. of A. have shown, its that when they lose a battle, they'll overreact to the next one. When the frightening religious zealots lost the censorship battle, they went after interracial marriage. And when they lost that, they went after something else. Persistent if nothing else, like roaches.
 

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Funny how things change from one jurisdiction to another. In Brazil and Portugal, I think in Italy too, it's the Departament of Justice also the gov who says what is offensive and what is not. Self regulatory sometimes appears to be more draconian than the gov. Weird huh?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_of_Justice,_Rating,_Titles_and_Qualification

PS: there are pages about it and every country (not every really) on wikipedia. I say it's worth checking out.