The Big Picture: Hollywood History 101 Supplemental: The Code

NKnight

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Very well done. And please do not feel obrigated to cover comics all the time. Honor the name MOVIE Bob now and them, we sure appreciate! :)

Ps: Comics are welcome and loved too, of course xD
 

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I actually thought this episode went a little too fast. Sure, this may have gone on longer than you intended it to, Bob, but it was a good stretch of episodes.

Looking forward to next week and the possibility of agreeing or disagreeing with whatever comes next.
 

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I actually did a whole report for one of my business classes (It was actually supposed to be a controversial topic) and I did it on the Ratings System.

I am familiar with what Jack Valenti did with the ratings system, what movies became what, and how the ratings became what they are now (I.E. - Spielberg helped create the PG-13 rating, Gremlins would have been rated "R" without Spielberg as a producer, Fritz The Cat was the first X rated motion picture, Andy Warhol's Frankenstein was the first 3-D pornographic film, ETC, ETC) and I was surprised about what I learned.

Film History is a wonderful subject, especially when you consider what kind of hell the people went through (Poor Fatty Arbuckle, and any celebrity today thinks they have it bad if they get kicked out of a new movie project).

It's all fascinating, and ff you were to go into the next topic on the MPAA ratings system (It's eventual, I assume) I'd be just as intrigued as go into it as I did this series.

Great chronicling, Moviebob.
 

Zhukov

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Heh. Given the context, was anyone else amused by the nipple-bar on the woman-tied-to-post picture?

Anyway, that was a really interesting little series, especially for someone like me who knows... well, virtually nothing about movie history. I enjoyed it, thanks.
 

leviadragon99

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And yet so many have failed to learn from this history lesson of just why censorship is to evferyone's detriment.
 

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Link XL1 said:
bob should do more of these Something's History 101 videos, i really enjoyed them
History of Comic Books
History of Video Games
History of the Action Figure
History of Literature

wait, that last one is a college course...

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Somehow I went and quoted the wrong post...
 

For.I.Am.Mad

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Swing and a miss, and Bob Chipman strikes out. I guess when it came time, Chipman just couldn't deliver.
 

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Frozen Donkey Wheel2 said:
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?
I'm not a premium member either...

orangeapples said:
Link XL1 said:
bob should do more of these Something's History 101 videos, i really enjoyed them
History of the Action Figure
YES!

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Great show as always Bob...of course this one should probably be considered a mini-series...Either way, it's weird finding out the rating system is younger than my Dad.
 

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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?
The bad news is that about 50% of all motion pictures EVER produced are completely lost to history due to inadequate preservation, and as expected what was left to rot first were 'taboo' films that they figured would never be sellable again.

The GOOD news is that, a few years ago, there was a big "fad" among studio archivists of releasing "Pre-Code" movies on DVD sets. TCM in particular did a 4-volume run of boxed-sets called 'Forbidden Hollywood' that had some of the more notorious ones and a lot of genuine rarities. There was also a seperate series called 'The Glamour Collection" that grouped older, mostly pre-code films by "sex symbol" actresses of the pre-WWII era (Mae West and Marlene Deitrich especially) into multi-film sets.

Searching Amazon (or the retailer of your choice) for those or just "pre-code movies" in general should yield a good set of results, and many of the individual titles listed are on Netflix or may even be public-domain enough to be viewed online. The only thing to be "prepared" for is that A LOT of the material plays more as an interesting time-capsule than as genuine entertainment today; i.e. there's a lot of "filler" surrounding the racy/violent scenes that were the big draw.

What's left of Fatty Arbuckle's work is spread out among many, many low-end public-domain DVDs; though most archivists agree that it represents only a fraction of his work and that most of his best productions seem to be gone for good.
 

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Kinda disappointed you didn't go into contemporary history. Despite most of us living through it, it's always interesting to see all the results laid out cause and effect style. I mean there must of been some inbreeding down the Hollywood line to where we started getting the blockbusters we are getting now.

Also I've always said the 1950's was a dark age, but people just can't see beyond the poodle skirts.

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And since everyone is putting in request, I think a short history of Sci-fi would be awesome. And you can use some MST3K references!
 

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I'll be a bit weirded out if it's not about movies when next I see you, considering the show's titled "Escape to the Movies".
 

Indignation837

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Bob, I don't really care whether your next episode is about movies or not. You could pretty much ramble on about whatever you want and still manage to show me something new about the entertainment industry. I've yet to see an episode of The Big Picture where I didn't learn something. Hell, I don't even read comic books and am still somehow interested whenever you talk about them.