Readers Write: October 27, 2016: The history of films

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What’s wrong with the modern American cinema? Out of 2015’s top 20 films, why were 12 rated R, six rated PG-13 and none rated G? The reason is: films are rated, but not censored.

It’s hard to believe there was a time when everyone could see every film. A look at past films, however, reassures one’s faith in proper entertainment.

One may be surprised that films in the ’20s and early ’30s contained immoral elements similar to those in the 1960s.

Why were films so wholesome only slightly later? The answer is simple: from 1934 to 1954, Joseph Breen strictly enforced the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930.

But what is this code, and how did it produce films that adhere to strong moral principles? Visit to learn the fascinating story of loose early films, Hollywood’s Golden Age, its tragic demise and the hope it gives for the future.

Tiffany and Rebekah Brannan


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