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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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Brief fling

Carole Lombard rose to stardom in 1934 and was dead by 1942, killed in a plane crash on her way back from selling war bonds; her last picture, Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not To Be , was released posthumously.  
Carole Lombard’s nine years of stardom
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 08, 2008
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The awful truth

Among the signal directors of 1930s comedies — one thinks of Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, and George Cukor — Leo McCarey’s name has been largely forgotten.
Leo McCarey was better in the ’30s
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 02, 2008
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For kids of all ages

In this spineless age of ours, what more rueful sight than a child maneuvering his/her cowed parents to some insulting CGI movie?
Ty Burr, plus Jean-Claude Brisseau
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 14, 2007
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Seven heaven

Who are the world’s greatest living narrative filmmakers, what I call the Magnificent Seven?
Readers speak out on the best directors
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 28, 2006
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Continental divides

These films might not heal a continent, but they suggest that African cinema is alive and well.
Seeking reconciliation in the African Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 19, 2006