Censoring Hollywood

Sex and Violence in Film and on the Cutting Room Floor

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About the Book

Censorship has been an ongoing issue from the early days of filmmaking. One hundred years of film censorship, encompassing the entire 20th century, are chronicled in this work. The freewheeling nature of films in the early decades was profoundly affected by Prohibition, the Depression and the formation of the Legion of Decency—culminating in a new age of restrictiveness in the movies.

Such powerful arbiters of public taste as Will H. Hays of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America and Joseph Breen of the Production Code Association fomented an era whereby films with contentious material were severely censored or even condemned. This held sway until rebellious filmmakers like Otto Preminger challenged the system in the 1950s, eventually resulting in the abandonment of the old regime in favor of the contemporary “G” through “NC–17” ratings system.

About the Author(s)

Author and critic Aubrey Malone has written many books on the cinema. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Bibliographic Details

Aubrey Malone
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6465-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8939-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Preface      1

1. Sinema      7
2. West and the Rest      46
3. Decades of Revolt      75
4. The Liberal Ethos      112
5. Nothing Succeeds Like Excess      151
6. After the Deluge      181

Chapter Notes      193
Bibliography      203
Index      209