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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Films before the Motion Picture Code (Hays Code) at the Loews

@ the Landmark Loews Theater
This Friday and Saturday  films made before the introduction and enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code, also known as the Hays Code -- a set of industry censorship guidelines that governed the production of most motion pictures released by major American studios from 1930 to 1968.

Of course, seeing a show at the Loew's is always a lot of fun. But being a part of the volunteer team that puts on the show is an experience you'll never forget! Curious? Read more below, just after this weekend's schedule.

Friday, January 28 - 8PM - SPECIAL DOUBLE FEATURE
Directed by  Tod Browning.  1932,  65mins.
An extraordinary bit of film-making that uses real circus sideshow performers to tell a story of love, deceit and revenge, with a frank-for-its-day approach to sexual gamesmanship and violent retribution. Though surprisingly non-exploitative of its characters, the movie scandalized audiences and helped ruin director Tod Browning's career.  In recent years it has become a cult classic.

followed by

She Done Him Wrong
Starring Mae West, Cary Grant & Noah Beery, Sr.  Directed by Lowell Sherman.  1933, 65mins.
Mae West's first and best film, since it was not watered down by the subsequently ascendant censors.  It is the ultimate distillation of her charismatic persona of simmering seductiveness and innuendo-laced one liners.

Please Note Special Double Feature Price: $8 adults / $6 seniors (65+) and kids (12 & younger).

Saturday, January 29 - 6:30 PM
Starring Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper & Adolphe Menjou.  Directed by Josef von Sternberg. 1930, 92mins.
Dietrich's iconic performance in top hat and tails and her scandalously -- for the day -- kissing another woman created her enduring screen persona of simmering, androgynous eroticism.

Saturday, January 29 - 8:30 PM
Baby Face
Starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, and a very brief appearance by John Wayne. Directed by Alfred E. Green.
1933, 71mins.

This amazingly frank drama about a woman sleeping her way to the top was one of the films that was most often decried by the advocates of movie censorship.

Admission for Saturday's films: $6 adults / $4 seniors (65+) and kids (12 & younger).

Be A Part Of The Show!

There's a sense of anticipation just before the doors open, then a rush of excitement as tickets are sold, popcorn is popped, patrons are directed to their seats and first-time visitors look around in amazement at the architecture. And when the organ plays out and the lights dim, there's a great feeling of accomplishment – you've just helped a timeless entertainment tradition continue. Then, to top it off, you get to watch the movie.

Want to see what it's like?  Join us!

If you're interested in becoming an FOL Event Volunteer for this weekend or at any of the shows this season, just email us at loewsjersey@gmail.com or call (201) 798-6055. As always, volunteers can bring a friend to help, pick a complimentary selection from our concession stand, and after the crowd is in and the movie begins, enjoy the show. Please try to plan to stay for 30 or 40 minutes after the last screening to help us clean up.