For over 125 years, movies have delighted the public—and upset civic and religious authorities who felt that movies needed to be regulated. Censorship boards were established in the early 1900s, and Hollywood recognized it needed to take action. The result was the 1934 Hays Code, which set up strict rules of language and conduct for studio films that lasted for 30+ years. The Code was replaced by the voluntary Motion Picture Association of America film ratings system in 1968. This presentation takes a look at movie censorship and the many ways Hollywood has dealt with this issue.
Brian Rose is a professor emeritus at Fordham University, where he taught for 38 years in the Department of Communication and Media Studies. He has written several books on television history and cultural programming and conducted more than a hundred Q&A’s with leading directors, actors, and writers for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Screen Actors Guild, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.