Pre-Code Hollywood explores the fascinating period in American motion picture history from to when the commandments of the Production Code Administration were violated with impunity in a series of wildly unconventional films—a time when censorship was lax and Hollywood made the most of it. Though more unbridled, salacious, subversive, and just plain bizarre than what came afterwards, the films of the period do indeed have the look of Hollywood cinema—but the moral terrain is so off-kilter that they seem imported from a parallel universe. In a sense, Doherty avers, the films of pre-Code Hollywood are from another universe. They lay bare what Hollywood under the Production Code attempted to cover up and push offscreen: sexual liaisons unsanctified by the laws of God or man, marriage ridiculed and redefined, ethnic lines crossed and racial barriers ignored, economic injustice exposed and political corruption assumed, vice unpunished and virtue unrewarded—in sum, pretty much the raw stuff of American culture, unvarnished and unveiled. No other book has yet sought to interpret the films and film-related meanings of the pre-Code era—what defined the period, why it ended, and what its relationship was to the country as a whole during the darkest years of the Great Depression
Female Olympians pose naked in tribute to the bodies that helped them achieve their goals
Female Olympians pose naked in tribute to the bodies that helped them
This story contains graphic language. CNN A former world champion swimmer says her former coach sexually abused and exploited her for several years beginning when she was 16, according to court documents filed this week in Washington state. CNN's Eliott C. McLaughlin and Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger.
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Competitive swimmer and Team USA Olympic-hopeful Nathan Adrian is famous for bringing the gold home from Beijing during the summer Olympics, and again in , when he slayed in the meter freestyle during London's summer Olympic Games. I just said yes out of excitement before I genuinely thought about it. When the time came to shoot it, I realized my anxiety was much worse that the event itself. There were no more than eight people on set, and everyone was so professional. Were you wearing anything or actually posing with full-frontal nudity?
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. Manaudou won the metre freestyle at the Athens Olympics. She made headlines last week after a public quarrel with her former boyfriend, Italian swimmer Luca Marin, at the European short-course swimming championships in Hungary.