In 1929, emergent film sound technology launched a rush of boundary pushing, socially conscious, morally searching, sexually precocious movies. In short order, this brief, revolutionary “Pre-Code” period of movie history was squashed by regressive censorship known as the “Hays Code.”
Study and watch four little-known Pre-Codes through the lens of history, film art, psychology, philosophy, and folktale. Track social commentary, cinematic innovation, rising Hollywood stardom, studio style, and the religious and political machinations of film censorship. “The New Woman,” “The Forgotten Man,” class inequity in the Great Depression, and Prohibition’s abject failure are constant themes of these fascinating American time capsules.
Join a warm and welcoming community of movie lovers exploring timeless motifs acutely relevant to our current times. Deepen film appreciation skills with a passionate, entertaining, seasoned teacher of film studies. Learn accessible techniques to unpack how movie magic communicates metaphor and meaning. Serious fun for movie lovers from every level of curiosity! Red Dust, Island of Lost Souls, The Eagle and the Hawk, Baby Face.