Location: Perelman Media Room
$125 ($100 members); includes Museum admission
Delve into the time when Hollywood was more unbridled, salacious, and subversive than any other: the pre-Code era. The “Code” refers to the studios’ Production Code Administration (PCA), a self-censorship body that was in place from 1930-1968.
The pre-Code era encompasses the years 1930-1934, when the Production Code was instituted in letter, though not yet in spirit, resulting in a fig leaf of decency that gave Hollywood license to be even more licentious than before.
Join us to learn about the era, its films, and its stars. These include some you may know (King Kong
, 1933; Scarface
, 1932), some you may not (Tod Browning’s Freaks
, 1932; She Done Him Wrong
with Mae West, 1933), and some you thought you knew—Barbara Stanwyck’s role in Baby Face
(1933) makes Double Indemnity’s
Phyllis Dietrichson look like Mary Poppins—but all are memorable.
This course is co-taught by Bryn Mawr Film Institute and the Museum.