Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Hays Code

I can relate to this. When the model and stylist ask if I like these earrings for the photo shoot. Claudette Colbert and Cecil B DeMille 1934, guessing the motion picture “Cleopatra”.

Very sexy and daring wardrobe throughout the movie. Likely that the production got in just before enforcement of the “Hays Code”…

“The Motion Picture Production Code was the set of industry moral guidelines that was applied to most United States motion pictures released by major studios from 1930 to 1968. It is also popularly known as the Hays Code, after Will H. Hays, who was the president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) from 1922 to 1945. Under Hays’ leadership, the MPPDA, later known as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), adopted the Production Code in 1930 and began strictly enforcing it in 1934. The Production Code spelled out what was acceptable and what was unacceptable content for motion pictures produced for a public audience in the United States.”

It included a prohibition against many things, including… “Any licentious or suggestive nudity – in fact or in silhouette; and any lecherous or licentious notice thereof by other characters in the picture” and “Ridicule of the clergy”.

Claudette Colbert and Cecil B DeMille 1934

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