By Roger Lewis for the Daily Mail. Sin, in particular, was 'surefire box office' and audiences could enjoy stories involving profanity, slang, drugs, nudity, provocative dancing and kissing that was more than a chaste peck. There was drunkenness and debauchery aplenty in the Roman palaces of Cecil B. DeMille's epics, glistening bodies on view in gladiator films, and horror movies with Bela Lugosi featured 'beautiful women with voluptuous mouths dripping blood'.
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Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood () - Rotten Tomatoes
An eloquent writer on these issues, Pollard stands on the liberal side of the debate. The book includes an annotated filmography and well-printed illustrations. Essential reading for anyone who believes in freedom of expression in the arts. Sex and Violence examines the history and social dynamics of film censorship in the United States.
View Larger Image. Ask Seller a Question. Looks at the film industry's attempts at self-regulation and the development of the present day rating system, also examining how censorship reflects the morals, sexuality and politics prevalent in society during each decade of the past century. From ancient times, when crowds forced Euripides to rewrite his original version of Hippolytus, censorship in some form has been a force to contend with in the arts.
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