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Why Be Good? Sexuality and Censorship in Early Cinema

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Trace the fascinating history of sex and sin in early cinema through rare archival footage and revealing interviews with Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, Louise Brooks and many others. Narrated by Diane Lane (Unfaithful, The Perfect Storm), Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema also features Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino, Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich and Barbra Stanwyck in its exploration of the battle between artist and censor, uncovering details of some of the scandals that led to the morality crackdown known as the notorious Production Code of 1935. A celebration of the pioneers who helped film flourish, Why Be Good? is required viewing for anyone who loves movies.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Marlene Dietrich, Douglas Fairbanks, Diane Lane
  • Directors: Elaina B. Archer
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EDGKYM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,302 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Damon Devine on December 8, 2008
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This film is incredibly thorough! The documentary takes the viewer through the naughty years of pre-censorship Hollywood. There are countless rare film clips and even more rare photos, of Mae West, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Jean Harlow and many more that we all love, including Valentino and Dietrich. There are interview clips that are priceless! It would take an extraordinary amount of money and time to ever gather all of these wonfderful clips on our own (and near impossible to get hold of the rare vintage photos shown onscreen) and so this DVD is highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ClaudineInWater on March 20, 2009
The one thing that drags this documentary down is the use of a modern actress/dancer in really fake looking flapper dresses and wigs during the opening and closing credits. (Seriously, her outfits look as if they had been purchased at a discount Halloween shop) You also see her, at times, throughout the film. It kinda takes away from the beautiful archival clips.
Otherwise this is a well done documentary about women in Hollywood, the Hays Code, and morality in film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John F., Warris, III on April 15, 2009
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Just great. Not as shocking as I thought it would be, but then this is 2009 and one sees more shocking scenes on TV and the street that are more shocking. I do, however, think this DVD should be in your DVD Collection and I am pleased that I own a copy.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on October 12, 2009
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I was hoping this video had a look at how sexuality in early cinema led to the adoption of the Production Code and how those changes affected movies. It's interesting but not nearly as good as the TCM doc "Complicated Women," which isn't available on DVD. So given my expectations, I'd say this falls short of the mark.
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