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The Vintage Guide To London | December 13, 2017

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At the BFI: Hollywood Babylon - Early Talkies Before the Censor

At the BFI: Hollywood Babylon – Early Talkies Before the Censor

Throughout May the BFI Southbank explores the brief years during which pretty much anything was acceptable in pre-censor Hollywood.

For an all-too brief, heady moment in the early 1930s, pretty much anything went in Hollywood. In what has become known as the ‘pre-Code era,’ ushered in by the coming of sound, from 1930 to 1934 Hollywood violated the censorious commandments of William Hays’ Motion Picture Production Code with gleeful impunity, and audiences were treated to a rush of provocative films that ranged from gloriously risqué comedies to the bleakest Depression-era social commentaries.

Watch cinematic classics such as Little Caesar, Three On A Match or Hell’s Highway.
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