The Importance Of Censorship In Movies

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In the formative years of the motion picture industry in the United States a lack of critical oversight existed allowing films that were damaging to the moral fiber of America to be created. Seeking to preserve and protect the innocence of the United States and protect the traditional values held close to the hearts of many Americans at the time the Motion Pictures Production Code, known as the Hays Code after Hollywood’s chief censor Will H. Hays. The Hays Code was intended to eliminate features of films that were considered morally unfit for society at the time. Pulp fiction at this time was finding its way into Hollywood presented in the style known today as film noir. Already considered morally unfit for polite society film adaptations of works of Pulp Fiction were severely censored by the production studios and the Hollywood censors to make the cinematic releases of these tales acceptable…show more content…
The broad abundance of censorship can be seen in the 1946 films The Big Sleep and The Postman Always Rings Twice and the 1933 film The Story of Temple Drake when compared to their source material, Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice and William Faulkner’s

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