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Hollywood's Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration Thomas Doherty Hollywood s Censor Joseph I Breen and the Production Code Administration From to Joseph I Breen a media savvy Victorian Irishman reigned over the Production Code Administration the Hollywood office tasked with censoring the American screen Though little known

  • Title: Hollywood's Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration
  • Author: Thomas Doherty
  • ISBN: 9780231143585
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hollywood's Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration Thomas Doherty From 1934 to 1954 Joseph I Breen, a media savvy Victorian Irishman, reigned over the Production Code Administration, the Hollywood office tasked with censoring the American screen Though little known outside the ranks of the studio system, this former journalist and public relations agent was one of the most powerful men in the motion picture industry As enforcer of theFrom 1934 to 1954 Joseph I Breen, a media savvy Victorian Irishman, reigned over the Production Code Administration, the Hollywood office tasked with censoring the American screen Though little known outside the ranks of the studio system, this former journalist and public relations agent was one of the most powerful men in the motion picture industry As enforcer of the puritanical Production Code, Breen dictated final cut over movies than anyone in the history of American cinema His editorial decisions profoundly influenced the images and values projected by Hollywood during the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.Cultural historian Thomas Doherty tells the absorbing story of Breen s ascent to power and the widespread effects of his reign Breen vetted story lines, blue penciled dialogue, and excised footage a process that came to be known as Breening to fit the demands of his strict moral framework Empowered by industry insiders and millions of like minded Catholics who supported his missionary zeal, Breen strove to protect innocent souls from the temptations beckoning from the motion picture screen.There were few elements of cinematic production beyond Breen s reach he oversaw the editing of A list feature films, low budget B movies, short subjects, previews of coming attractions, and even cartoons Populated by a colorful cast of characters, including Catholic priests, Jewish moguls, visionary auteurs, hardnosed journalists, and bluenose agitators, Doherty s insightful, behind the scenes portrait brings a tumultuous era and an individual both feared and admired to vivid life.
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    1. I didn t forget to rate this book it gets no stars from me A maddening attempt to whitewash an execrable man Both a picture of enormous human folly and an enormous human folly Despite Doherty s self serving arguments throughout, Breen and the Code are the reasons why we have awful movies even today Hollywood was never given the chance to grow up, and the only new art form of the twentieth century was stunted almost at birth Yes, the strictures of Code censorship on scripts from 1934 1949 did hel [...]

    2. Very informative history of the Production Code Administration who monitored content in Hollywood films from 1934 to the early 1960s The book also focuses on Joseph Breen, the man responsible for the operation running so effectively I figured him to be an uptight bluenose, by he was actually a very intelligent, rational person who commanded the respect of the major studios I see that some of the other reviews rate it really low, but it is well researched and sourced In the 1930s, the moral value [...]

    3. Doherty has a feeble grasp of history and serious issues with Catholicism, which he trashes ad libitum when he tries to make his point that Joseph Breen s succession to the Hays Office somehow brought American movies down to a pabulum standard Actually the best movies ever made in America were with a few exceptions made during the time of the Breen Office.

    4. Doherty wrote this book in 1999 using a different title and bigger words Still passionless Still oblivious.

    5. Hollywood s Censor is a fine book about a wonderful man and a glorious period of Hollywood history I bought this book used from to find out about Joseph I Breen, the self regulator of Hollywood from 1934 to 1954 I started the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society, https pureentertainmentpreservationsociety.wordpress, in November of 2016, and since then, I have greatly admired Mr Breen This book portrays him fairly and kindly, unlike most writings available about him I think Mr Doherty was ext [...]

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