With a star-studded lineup that includes Joan Blondell, James Cagney, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Norma Shearer and Barbara Stanwyck, the season celebrates the period of the early 1930s when filmmakers opposed a crackdown on themes deemed “immoral”. .
The season opens Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with a recorded introduction by one of its curators, journalist and film historian Pamela Hutchinson and a big-screen screening of Blonde Crazy starring James Cagney and Joan Blondell as a duo. of crooks stealing customers from the hotel where they work. Other films playing include Jewel Robbery, Red Headed Woman, A Free Soul and Baby Face. See: www.hippodromecinema.co.uk/news/2021-1/august/pre-code-hollywood-rules-are-made-to-be-broken/.
The program takes place at the Bo’ness cinema until October.
Alison Strauss, Head of Arts Development (Film and Media) and Hippodrome Programmer, said: “This season is a rare opportunity to explore newly remastered versions of a selection of films from the era when studios Hollywood was testing the limits of what could be shown on screen and to watch the resulting stories, featuring fiery women, attractive rascals, high fashion, rough living and bubbly dialogue as they have were designed to be enjoyed – on the big screen in the middle of an audience.