Enjoy this free event: a lecture on pre-Code films, followed by the screening of a pre-Code gem.
Thou Shalt Not: A Primer to Pre-Code HollywoodLos Angeles Central Library (630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071) Map it Free
After the emergence of sound films in the late 1920s, Hollywood widely ignored censorship guidelines until 1934, when the Production Code was finally enforced. During those few years, Hollywood made numerous risqué films that dealt head-on with matters such as promiscuity, abortion, and infidelity. Christina Rice, author of the recently released biography “Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel” and photo librarian at LA’s Central Library, presents a short lecture on pre-Code Hollywood, followed by a screening of a pre-Code film (the library’s licensing agreement states they can’t name the film) starring Dvorak, Bette Davis, and Joan Blondell as childhood friends who take divergent paths in life, one of them descending into drugs and debauchery.