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What the Code Means to Me

Today, I am partnering with Pure Entertainment Preservation Society in their series, What the Code Means to Me. Thank you, Tiffany and Rebekah, for inviting me to participate! 

When I first learned about the Motion Picture Production Code, I admit I was skeptical. After all, taking bad content out of films in no way guarantees good storytelling. For me, "You have to go see this movie, it has great character development and breathtaking cinematography and brilliant dialogue" is far more convincing than, "You have to go see this movie, there's not a single swear word in it." Because the sad fact is, clean movies can be very, very bad movies. 

But they can also be very, very good movies. And the Breen Era of film is proof of that. 

If you've ever enjoyed The Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain, Arsenic and Old Lace, It's a Wonderful Life, Casablanca, Boys Town, Gone With the Wind, National Velvet, The Magnificent Seven, or any other movie produced between 1934 …

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