Pre-Code Cinema: Classics and Rarities

Most of us have never known a time when the (utterly corrupt) MPAA wasn't applying (useless) ratings to films. Before them, there was the Motion Picture Production Code, an invention of the 1930s intended to promote "wholesome values" in a still- new medium. And before the Code? Wouldn't you know it, artists of the '20s and '30s actually attempted things like incisive social commentary and criticism in the absence of religiously motivated censorship! This series presents some of the best examples of pre-code drama, centered on forgotten, downtrodden, and dismissed members of American society in the early years of the 20th century, directed by soon-to-be-legends of entertainment like Frank Capra, William A. Wellman, Busby Berkeley, and Victor Fleming.

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