How the Catholic Church censored Hollywood's Golden Age

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • For decades Hollywood studios needed to follow a strict set of moral guidelines if they wanted their movies to get made.Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOFrom 1934 to 1954 every Hollywood movie needed to follow a strict set of guidelines laid out by the Catholic church. They included such things as barring excessive drinking, on screen nudity, and even sexual relationships between races. Enforcement was overseen by the Production Code administration, which was led by Joseph Breen. In order to ensure that the production code was followed the Catholic Church founded the Legion of Decency, a group with millions of members that threatened to boycott any movie that didn’t adhere to the guidelines. For decades every line of dialogue needed to be approved by Breen and his administration, making him one of the most powerful people in the history of cinema.Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • Vox

     1 years ago

    The Hays Code left its mark on cinema, but the invention of technicolor revolutionized it. The Wizard of Oz was a prime example. Watch our video here: http://bit.ly/2GPLmK2

  • Lori K

     11 months ago

    Matt Tobin Then why did all of the "sexy" scenes disappear if not for the code being abided by?

  • penguins forall

     1 years ago

    Hey Vox, 2001 A Space Odessy was released in 1968 a year after the Production Code faded out even having an MPAA rating. However this film seemed to have some pretty heavy handed Catholic Church influences. Whats up with that?

  • AmericanNohbuddy ™

     1 years ago

    Weird how a country with vast anti catholic sentiment would take their guidelines

  • Ethan Lindner

     2 months ago

    Tuhljin Tampergauge I think they were more concerned with the rape accusations than his Catholicism, but ok buddy.

  • Tuhljin Tampergauge

     6 months ago

    This is Vox. They're leftists, so what did you expect? An honest examination of history? Leftists are anti-Catholic bigots TODAY, not just in ages past. Look at the questions they ask Catholic judicial nominees.

  • Science with Katie

     1 years ago

    Fun fact: contraception only became legal in Ireland in 1980 after being banned by the Catholic Church. Before then my grandma used to smuggle loads of condoms over from England - as after 6 kids she’d had enough!

  • The Pen IS Mightier

     3 months ago

    I recommend that you analyze society before 1965 and where the western nations are now. Before you react in anger just look into it and try to see how corrupting the faith and morals of christian nations was designed with a purpose. That purpose was to control. The Christian family has been systematically destroyed and the weapons used were/are:1. No fault divorce2. Abortion on demand3. Glamorize and promote debauchery in film and t.v.4. FeminismThis is just a few. The controllers targe...

  • Sally Vee

     3 months ago

    @Mo Ka Except it is. That person is still alive. They were alive before they needed to be connected to a machine. They're a person. More importantly, it's illegal in the eyes of the law. Nice try.

  • Ashley S

     1 years ago

    No wonder the movies of the 70's after the code days had so much sex and violence.

  • Mortebianca

     1 years ago

    To be fair, the Legion was never officially recognized by the Church, and While it proclaimed to "Work" for the Church, it was in fact just a loose confederation of catholic americans promoting the "American Catholicism", which is the most conservative and puritan version of catholicism possible.In fact, the Church never talked about decency in movies or censoring them. It was just some catholic's opinion on those issue. See, for example, how those two believed that interracial un...

  • Mortebianca

     1 years ago

    " All Catholics are bound to believe in the same dogma, whether they choose to is a different story."That wasn't a dogma, that was a laymen organization made by americans.No value oputside of America, no value for catholic americans.

  • Mortebianca

     1 years ago

    "The claim made in the original comment was that the Church "never even talked about" "Fake news, I said "the church never ENDORSED"Yourm specific claim is inaccurate."Then why did slavery and racism survive for so long in overwhelmingly religious europe and americas"Slavery was long begone in Europe by the time of your Civil War....

  • Jimmy Carter

     1 years ago

    So they adopted those provisional laws in order to avoid Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal regulations THEN the Great Depression hit? Learn your history Vox I mean damn.

  • Ludicrous Platypus

     1 years ago

    White slavery was basically the term used back then for human trafficking or sexual slavery. I understand it is a racialised term, but I think focusing on the race aspect discredits the fact that portraying sexual slavery on screen would still be seen as morally wrong today.

  • Bioniking

     1 years ago

    The good thing about the code was that it forced screenwriters to figure out creative ways to skirt around the code. People like Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges would write witty dialogue filled with innuendo that was actually funny and intelligent. Now we have fart jokes

  • Five

     1 years ago

    One interesting thing to note is that because of the strict rules on sexual display, a lot of movies featuring women were forced to treat them as human characters and not sexual objects at the mercy of the slow-pan male gaze. Women were smart, competent people in movies. When the sexual revolution happened and sexuality was allowed to be seen on screen, women became bimbo objects again."Once we entered the bedroom, we couldn't leave."

  • The Ugly Dumplings

     11 months ago

    This is the most intelligent comment I’ve read all day.

  • ThePrinceOf Pigeons

     1 years ago

    The hell you talkin bout? Women are smart and competent in a lot of newer movies.

  • Austin Newman

     1 years ago

    Love these short pieces!I didn’t know as much about Breen, glad to hear his story as well. I always understood that there was a variety of reason the PCA fell. One of the biggest being the defiance of Hughes’ Outlaw film in which he called independently operated theaters and asked each if they would play his film without the seal of approval.Awesome work on these, keep it up! 🎥🤘🏻