Thursday, March 24, 2011
Mistrust and Redemption in Hollywood - part 2
Hollywood had capitulated for its own survival and accepted a form of censorship. You can only imagine how they must have felt. For the most part, the films that Hollywood produced in the 1920s and early 1930s contained virtually no nudity, violence, sexuality or graphic violence. What were they being punished for? Perhaps the lifestyles of a few directors and actors created a backlash against Hollywood. Can you imagine if Hollywood told the Church what they could preach and proclaim in their pulpits? Do you think we would protest? Consider it an injustice? Whether we like to admit it or not, the Body of Christ imposed censorship and control on Hollywood.
What resulted is what many call the Golden Age of Hollywood. We have to ask the question whether this is because of the Hays Code or in spite of it. God has always been at work in Hollywood. His Spirit has been present from the very beginning. With a code or without a code, God will fulfill his plan. I’m convinced that the Code was more of a hindrance because God always chooses free will. God wants to speak to filmmakers and will reveal his truth. He does not need a production code to do that.
By the mid-1960s, everybody was looking for a way out. The solution was a new rating system administrated by the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA). Movies would now be rated according to their content and restrictions would be implemented by age group. For example, R-rated movies would be restricted to anyone under the age of 17. It seemed to be a workable solution for all parties.