Sin in soft focus: pre-code Hollywood

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Harry N. Abrams, Oct 1, 1999 - Performing Arts - 240 pages
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Sin Soft Focus showcases a scintillating era in film history -- "pre-Code Hollywood" -- that boldly creative period in the early 1930s when defiant producers flouted the restrictions of the censors, who tried but failed -- to ban everything from sex, profanity, and excessive violence to racial mingling, drugs, and even "lustful kissing."

Lavishly illustrated with film stills, many of them rare, the book captures the stunning artistry and bravura of the era's controversial films. Here are Joan Crawford, Clara Bow, and Marlene Dietrich portraying powerful women of questionable character; here too are James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, and Paul Muni rising to fame as gangsters, gamblers, and debauched criminals. The first book to treat the pre-Code films as a discrete body of work, this lively volume is both substantive and appealing.

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A really excellent look at the "pre-code" period from 1930 to July, 1934. The author gets into great detail about the games the studios and the "Hays Office" played during this time. The films of this ... Read full review

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Coffee table book of great film stills. Read full review

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Mark A. Vieira is a photographer, filmmaker, and Hollywood historian. His previous books include "Hurrell's Hollywood Portraits" and "Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy.

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