MAE WEST sashays through a recent article on Pre-code cinema which calls her "the standard bearer for excesses that led to code enforcement in 1934."
• • Come back, little she-wit. Mae, we need you more than ever in this celluloid era of stunted growth comedy. Though each weekend brings new releases to the local multi-plex, there are so few that appeal to any movie-goer older than 12 years old. New York City film reviewers are rating most comedies with one star or lower — — indicating that there is little reason to maintain a contrarian's faith in Hollywood's silver screen stewardship.
• • In contrast, a visit to the Greenbriar Picture Show site is always bracing. That's where this article appeared: "What's Your Pre-Code Threshold? — — Part One."
• • A nosegay of colorful vintage posters dots the screen. In between the slightly faded blossoms of Hollywood's golden age there are merely three sentences that point to the Empress of Sex flashing through the DVD Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin, and Censorship In Pre-Code Hollywood. Here they are:
• • TCM has a new documentary that came with their latest Forbidden Hollywood DVD collection. Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin, and Censorship In Pre-Code Hollywood was written and produced by Steven Smith and is the best summary of that era we’ve gotten so far. It has all the pace and energy of the pre-code films it covers and runs to about the same length as a typical Warner’s programmer. Made up primarily of highlights and footage from features owned by Warners, the only outside footage I noted was a brief glimpse of Mae West in I’m No Angel, surely a necessity as she remains the standard bearer for excesses that led to code enforcement in 1934. ...
• • Source: Greenbriar Picture Show
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• • Photo: Mae West • • 1933 • •