The Dame in the Kimono: Hollywood, Censorship, and the Production Code / Edition 2

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The new edition of this seminal work takes the story of the Production Code and motion picture censorship into the present, including the creation of the PG-13 and NC-17 ratings in the 1990s.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A readable, intimate account of the rise to near-tyrannical power, and the fall to well-deserved ignominy, of the old Production Code Administration." — Atlantic Monthly

"A valuable insight into our own innocence and naiveté." — New York Times Book Review

"The triumph of Leff and Simmons's fine work is that they have reminded us of how fatuous and inimical a code of conduct can be: how tempting it is as a theoretical answer, and how intrinsically flawed it is as a working solution." — Times of London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813190112
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 0.84 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

The Production Code 1922-1934
1 Welcome Will Hays! 3
2 Welcome Mae West! 18
3 Welcome Joe Breen! 34
The Production Code Administration 1934-1966
4 Dead End 59
5 Gone with the Wind 81
6 The Outlaw and The Postman Always Rings Twice 115
7 The Bicycle Thief 145
8 Detective Story and A Streetcar Named Desire 167
9 The Moon Is Blue and The French Line 190
10 Lolita 219
11 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 247
Aftermath 272
App The Motion Picture Production Code 285
Notes 301
Selected Bibliography 341
Selected Filmography 349
About the Authors 359
Index 361
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