Title

From Censors to Critics: Representing "The People"

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2012

Department

History

Language

English

Publication Title

Film & History

Abstract

The article presents an examination of the history of the U.S. motion picture industry during the 1920s and 1930s, focusing on the powers and actions of political censors and their opposition by liberal filmmakers. Discussion is offered exploring both the attitudes of filmmakers concerning their self-perception as spokesmen for the greater populace who had the authority to depict controversial material and those of conservative censors who sought to protect society from the same content. The history of film censorship boards and the industry's various reactions to them is then described in depth.

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