“Baby Face (1933)” – April 9th

Join the Boston Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, April 9th at 5:30pm for Baby Face at the Brattle Theatre. Look for Sean wearing a nametag in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion

“Baby Face was one of the most notorious of all the films of the Pre-Code era – the time during the early Depression when the Hollywood studios virtually ignored the censors and offered up one sex-filled film after another. Public morals were so offended that the industry was forced to adopt an even stricter Production Code in 1934. Advertised with the titillating warning, “Parents: do not bring your children,” Baby Face stars Barbara Stanwyck as an abused daughter who turns tricks out of a speakeasy in Erie, Pennsylvania, then heads to Manhattan, where she sleeps her way up the corporate ladder (with a young John Wayne, among many others). A longer (by five minutes), even racier version was recently discovered by the Library of Congress and is making its debut at the Brattle. After the film, we’ll be showing scenes from the censored version for comparison. – adapted from notes from the Film Forum, NYC

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