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Dark passage

The Production Code, Hollywood's notorious self-censorship program, was instituted by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America in 1930, but it didn't go into effect till 1934, when it was administered by Joseph I. Breen.
Film noir and the Production Code at the MFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 29, 2009
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Devine DVDs

Sure, we all know Get Smart! is out on DVD in time for the holidays, and the Superman films (all of them, going back to 1948), and Mission Impossible: The Ultimate Missions Collection , sure, sure, as if you could miss the bleating sirens of studio pu
Film-smart gifts for people who think they’ve seen everything
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  December 07, 2006
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Witness to moviemaking

The Brattle’s “Rare Film Noir” festival spotlights what makes the experience of going to movie revivals irreplaceable.
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By STEVE VINEBERG  |  July 14, 2006
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Once were films

The riveting young Barbara Stanwyck is an embodiment of that blessedly uncorseted but sadly brief era just before Hollywood was battened down by the self-censoring Hays (Production) Code in 1934.
Barbara Stanwyck before the Hays Code
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  April 04, 2006