Join us for week 2 of our 4 part Cinematic Series featuring film historian Max Alvarez.
Week 2 - Early Hollywood Censorship: The Rise & Fall of the Production Code
During the early 1930's Depression years, melodramas and comedies often depicted gangsters, drugs, bootleg gin, prostitution, corruption and other society ills. As Barbara Stanwyck, Mae West, James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward G. Robinson—and even Betty Boop—gleefully ignored various laws and religious commandments, morality watchdogs plotted ways to “clean up” the movies.
About the Presenter
Max Alvarez is an author, film historian, and speaker on world cinematic culture. A former visiting scholar for The Smithsonian Institution and museum film curator, Max currently teaches film history for John Jay College's continuing education program, Sundays at JASA, in Manhattan. He is author of The Crime Films of Anthony Mann (University Press of Mississippi) and a major contributor to Thornton Wilder/New Perspectives (Northwestern University Press).
This program will take place on Zoom. All registrants will be emailed the link.