Dames, Hoodlums and the Depression!
Six Films from Hollywood’s Pre-Code Era! In the ﬁrst years of talking pictures, 1929 to 1933, America’s ﬁlm studios created an amazing body of work free from the enforcement of the Production Code – a form of corporate artistic self-censorship. These rambunctious ﬁlms revel in themes that would become taboo for Hollywood over the next several decades – sex and money, politics and drugs, tough-talking women and the men on the make who love them all feature in stories told with breathless innovative cinematic style. Please join ﬁlmmaker and scholar Mark Larson for a survey of this unique and powerful moment in cinematic history. A spirited discussion follows every ﬁlm.
Admission is Free. Theatre Seating is limited.
Patrons interested in attending should register for each film separately, and bring their registration to the Bluelight Cinemas box office before the scheduled start of the film to exchange with a ticket issued by Bluelight Cinemas.
Ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the film, anyone who is wait-listed or a drop-in will be able to approach the Bluelight Cinemas box office to ask for a ticket and to be seated on a first come first serve basis.
Seating is limited, and in some cases when overbooking of registrations occurs, certain patrons with registrations may not be able to be seated for the film. The best way to obtain a seat is to register using the orange buttons below and come earlier to the theatre.
We start our journey with a wild ride down the mean streets of New York with James Cagney and Lorreta Young in this amazingly modern film of lovers finding their way in a world of labor strife, tap dancing, and murder! A tough, demanding little gem of a film!
Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
Picture an America where parents can no longer to feed their children! Young men and young women hit the road and struggle against all odds to find any way to live! This must-see masterpiece directed by the great William Wellman and starring Frankie Darro will not soon be forgotten!
42nd Street (1933)
When the world is falling apart around you–put on a musical! This favorite, staring Warner Baxter and Ruby Keeler, and sporting delirious musical numbers created by Busy Berkeley, not only is a joy to behold, but its take of work and love on Broadway never ages!
One Way Passage (1932)
William Powell and luminous Kay Francis set sail on the Pacific in this haunting fable of everlasting love. Director Tay Garnett and cinematographer Robert Kurrle create one of the most beautiful (and wildly funny) of the Pre-Code films — the first three minutes alone are jaw dropping filmmaking!
Heat Lightning (1934)
Take a gas station in the middle of the desert, fill with tough talking beautiful women, gangsters on the lam and assorted comic riff-raff and then turn up the heat! The deliciously world weary Aline MacMahnon and exuberant Ann Dvorak have their hands full when they find there’s no escape from the men that love them!
Hallelujah, I’m a Bum (1933)
A forgotten masterpiece, starring Al Jolson and Frank Morgan and Harry Langdon, is a stroll through the Depression to the tunes of the Richard Rogers. A comedy, a drama, a social commentary, a musical, and a daring cinematic experiment by director Lewis Milestone all in one!
Sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation