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Film Censorship


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Table of Contents

1. Pre-Code Era
2. Enforcing the Motion Picture Production Code
3. Post-war Developments
4. Pushing the Envelope: The Demise of Code Censorship
Epilogue: The Post-PCA Legacy of Censorship

About the Author

Sheri Chinen Biesen is a Professor of Film History at Rowan University. She is the author of Music in the Shadows: Noir Musical Films (Johns Hopkins 2014) and Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir (Johns Hopkins 2005).


Although most introductory textbooks touch upon the broader subject, with a short gloss of the Production Code Administration (PCA), there's never been a handy guide or a more thorough treatment until now, with Sheri Chinen Biesen's expertly researched, amply illustrated, and wonderfully concise primer Film Censorship: Regulating America's Screen. . . . Film Censorship fills an important gap and is sure to provide a vital resource for students and readers eager to immerse themselves in this fascinating and equally fraught subject. -- Noah Isenberg * Film Quarterly *
[A] thoroughly researched introduction to American film censorship. -- Katherine Waters * Times Literary Supplement *
Through original and rich case studies, this volume explores the authorship, power and organization of censorship in compelling ways. Enormously valuable. -- Ellen Scott, University of California, Los Angeles
This impressive, concise, readable book should become a standard in university classrooms that teach American film culture. . . . Essential. * Choice *
Students of film censorship should learn about this crucial legal component of the regulation of American screens. * Journal of American History *

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