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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Dec 5 2006
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000I2JDF8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,818 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Forbidden Hollywood Vol. 1 (TCM Archives) (DVD)

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When one views the films of pre-code Hollywood, film fans must feel a degree of regret of all the creative opportunities that were lost due to the emergence of censorship codes to Hollywood films that came about in the early thirties. Pre-code Hollywood films explored social themes with a gritty honesty that no longer existed when the Hayes office came to be. The humanity displayed in such feels was more human, showing the sinfulness of its nature in a realistic way, and consequently, virtue to a higher degree due to a greater understanding of the trials and tribulations one must pay to be virtuous.

In Baby Face, we see the great Barbara Stanwyck in one of her earliest roles and how her nascent talent was going to make her one of the great actresses in Hollywood history. She plays a young woman who was abused from an early age, the film implying that her father either sexually abused her or made money from pimping her to customers in his low life drinking establishment. A friend of hers urges her to use her sexuality to advance herself in life, since otherwise she will face a life of despair and destitution. Another fascinating thing about the film is the respect that she shows her black friend, treating her as an equal, and the film itself actually gives the part a well rounded quality that we rarely saw any black actor receive after the pre-code era. It is ironic that the quality of roles for black actors actually deteriorated once the pre-code era came to an end.

In Red Headed Woman, we witness Jean Harlow play one of the most devious and repulsive sluts in film history. A home wrecker par excellence, Harlow is terrific in developing her character to be both believable and intriguing in her sinfulness.
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Some great performance from some outstanding actors. Loved this set. Highly recommend to anyone who loves this genre of film.
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Great movies from the earlier days of film before the times of movie censorship board.
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