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A Woman of the World (1925)


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Has anyone seen this?

 

Its a very scandalous comedy-drama starring Pola Negri. A European countess, after being betrayed by her lover, goes to live in small town Middle America with her cousins, and causes havoc among the rather puritanical community members. One scene involves Pola and her leading man and a whip (in Pola's hands). (This was probably the first non-pornographic American film to deal with the topic of BDSM.) This film still exists in a lovely print that was probably taken from a 16mm source.

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From many postings since I've been coming to the forums (more than a year and a half), the "precode era" seems to be specified as 1929 to 1934 (and July of 1934, at that). Following the other form of "logic," Edison's "The Kiss" would be considered precode - NOT!

Bill

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I always thought that Pre-Code films were those films made between 1930 and 1934. In 1930, the code was drawn up and but not enforced.

 

In 1934, when Joseph Breen took over, the code was strictly enforced.

 

From Wikipedia:

 

The Motion Pictures Producers and Distributors Association (MPPDA), which later became the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), adopted the code in 1930, began effectively enforcing it in 1934, and abandoned it in 1967 in favor of the subsequent MPAA film rating system. The Production Code spelled out what was morally acceptable and morally unacceptable content for motion pictures produced for a public audience in the U.S.A.

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Proving once again you can't believe everything you read in Wikipedia.

 

The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America was formed in 1922 with Will Hays as its titular head, appointing eight state censor boards and adopting a production code of good practice that same year. The code was revised in 1927 and 1930, but was not rigorously enforced until the MPPDA appointed the Production Code Administration under Joseph Breen to enforce it (with several more amendments) in 1934.

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there was certainly some "code" in force in the late 20s..... Look at the problems had making SADIE THOMPSON in 1928.... The "code" that existed then stated no film could be made of Maugham's play RAIN......

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From an IMDb reviewer:

 

"A great little comedy drama starring Pola Negri. A European countess, after being betrayed by her lover, goes to live in small town Middle America with her cousins and causes havoc among the rather puritanical community members. A memorable scene involves Pola and her leading man and a whip (in Pola's hands). This film still exists in a lovely print that was probably taken from a 16mm source."

 

- c21jackg from New Jersey

 

Is that you or you been at the copy and pasting again?

 

Hmm, let me guess...

 

You did at least re-word this one slightly.

 

Message was edited by: Snorky

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