It’s back! The series you’ve breathlessly anticipated the return of! New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot and film critic Nell Minow deliver Series Two beginning June 27. Each program is sure to be SRO, so reserve your seat early.
For several years in the early 30s, producers, directors and screenwriters routinely flouted the moral guidelines known as the Hays Code. It wasn’t until July, 1934, when they were threatened with a nationwide boycott of the movies organized by the Catholic Church and its Legion of Decency, that the studios agreed to a stricter enforcement regime that would ensure they followed the rules. The movies that emerged from Hollywood in those first, “pre-code”years of the 1930s are often racier, more cynical, darker and franker than movies would be for many years afterward. In a film and discussion series that will explore the history of sex and violence in the movies, censorship and the ratings system, movie critic Nell Minow and journalist Margaret Talbot present four gems of pre-code cinema.
Ladies They Talk About (1933)- An “Orange is the New Black” of the Depression years. Barbara Stanwyck is delightfully tough and mouthy as Nan Taylor, a bank robber’s accomplice who’s the “new fish” in the women’s wing at San Quentin. Her behind-bars sisterhood includes women of various races, classes, sexual orientations and criminal proclivities, portrayed with gusto by an excellent array of character actresses. Who cares if Nan’s romance with a crusading district attorney (Preston Foster) strains credulity?
Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Those who have registered for the event must be in their seats 15 minutes prior to the start time to guarantee their spot. At that time, remaining seats will be released to those who are on the wait list. Once the guests on the wait list have been seated, any walk-ins will be shown their seats.
Additional Films in this Series Include: