[Item #6144] Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood. Mark A. Vieira.
Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood
Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood
Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood
Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood

Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood

ISBN: 0810944758
New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1999. First Edition. Hardcover. “In the spring of 1934, Hollywood faced what the Los Angeles Times called ‘the most serious crisis of its history.’ The film capital was under siege by censorship advocates who launched a boycott, demanding that the film industry enforce the Production Code it had adopted in 1930. For nearly five years, defiant producers had cited artistic freedom and flouted the Code, which forbade vulgarity, profanity, nudity, excessive violence, illegal drugs, adultery, ‘sex perversion,’ ‘white slavery,’ racial mingling, ‘lustful kissing,’ and suggestive dancing. In July 1934, the controversial films were outlawed. Today they are called “pre-Code.” (from front flap) Early Hollywood films of the late 1920s and early 1930s prioritized their artistic integrity over the puritanical censorship rules put in place by the original production code. Hollywood historian Mark A. Vieira (b. 1950) provides a comprehensive overview of the timeline that saw several shifts over the decades until the end of the Code in 1968. The large production companies plodded through the Prohibition era, the Great Depression, and World War II before the popularity of movie theaters skyrocketed as people sought out an entertaining suspension of their reality. Religious zealots believed the movie industry peddled immorality, encouraging sexual and violent fantasies by presenting sinful behavior like substance abuse, adultery, prostitution, murder, and a long list of provocative scenarios. Their persistent crusade led to the stricter enforcement of the newly-amended code under which any representation of evil on screen must be identified and punished to send the right message, no contempt may be shown for social conventions like racism, and communistic propaganda is strictly banned. The contention between the new Production Code Administration and the Catholic Legion of Decency steadily propped up the moral standard with objections and approvals via the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA). Dozens of classic films fell victim to the overbearing morality standards, and there are ten that Vieira identifies as most responsible for inciting outrage. Uncut versions of many films have been restored and preserved, reigniting a fascination with the fun, sexy, and complex films that were persecuted with a false sense of righteousness. This volume includes the original Production Code in its entirety, discussion of 100 pre-Code films, and 275 beautiful black-and-white images of actors in films or on sets. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum - world travelers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art & books, and the dearly beloved late parents of our esteemed founder, Arthur S. Nusbaum. Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket: First Edition, First Printing, though not explicated as such on the copyright page. Book is in Fine condition with minor bumping to the edges and corners of front, back cover & spine; bottom edge of same is tinted greenish in contrast to the gray boards, though we believe this is as-issued. Dust-jacket is in similarly Fine condition with slight bumping to the corners of the front, back covers and the edges of the spine; slight creasing, chipping to the folded edges of front flap; minor scratching to front, back covers. Fine / Fine. [Item #6144]

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