Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (2008)


“There was a whole new challenge for those who wanted to censor Hollywood or control its message because now films could talk and they could say things that might offend or might challenge people as well as show things in that way.” – Jonathan Kuntz

Number of Times Seen – Twice (8 May 2008 and 24 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary that explains the history of how censorship gripped the movie industry in the 1930’s for nearly twenty years.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after it came out and have always recalled how intriguing it was.

The story told here is quite fascinating for any movie lover because they explain how over the course of a very short time, there was a movement to try and remove much of the aspects of movies that they deemed to be morally insufficient.

They have a great number of interviews with film historians who are able to give a very clear picture as how the industry was changed at a point where it was just becoming so much more popular.

The film is able to show how so many films (or parts of them) that were lost during this time due to the new censorship rules that gripped the industry.

The film is able to show many of the very risque scenes that caused the change in the movie system and according to today’s standards, most seem quite inconsequential, but for an era 85 years ago, things were seen in a very different way.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Included in Warner Home Video’s 2008 DVD set “TCM Archives – Forbidden Hollywood Collection, Vol. 2”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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