In 1930, Hollywood was adopted by the code of ethics of film production — the so-called Hays code. Among other things it listed the prohibitions regarding intimate shoot.
A man and a woman could be in bed in two ways: either they were lying in separate beds (technically this is also a bed scene, right?) either one, but with one caveat: the woman’s leg had to stand on the floor for the entire scene. Why female foot symbolized the observance of moral norms is unknown.
Black heroes could “capture” all you want, but forcing Europeans to depict were strictly forbidden. By the way, why this item was in the section “sex” — is unclear.
In the years when they had the Hays code prohibited was even a faint hint of the naked skin. By the way, the silhouettes of naked beauties and handsome also not welcomed.
“Transparent and translucent materials and silhouettes often look at the screen more challenging than showing up directly.”
Scenes where characters had to change, was allowed only if it was “absolutely necessary to the plot”. Curvy Actresses tested for compliance to standards of propriety designated “overseers of the busts”.
Probably none (well, almost) of the points of the code are not outdated as much as this one. Yes, the screens were strictly forbidden to show a couple with different skin color. Fortunately, Stanley Kramer dared to break this rule — he made the film “guess who’s coming to dinner?” (1967), where the relationship between a black medical genius and a young chick become a Central line of the plot.
A difficult task stood before the code. On the one hand, dance is an art, a way of expression of human emotions, on the other — the dance was to Express sexual intemperance, if someone danced solo or couple. The code prohibits “indecent dances, which included the breastfeeding movement or active movement of the body while the feet are stationary”. Probably meant something like belly dancing.
You’ll never seemed strange that in the old movies instead of kissing we only see how the characters are pressed against each other, closed lips? Here is the answer: the Hays code forbade any “too passionate and lustful kissing”. Kiss the characters were so, so as not to “provoke animal instincts”.
It would seem that one thing is immoral and morally questionable sexual relationship between the lovers, and quite another thing — a legitimate wife. But here the code turned out to be irreconcilable.
“The scene in the bedroom should be filmed with taste and delicacy”.
In General, homosexuality in the cinema of the United States, it was always difficult. Up to 30 years gays were portrayed exclusively in a mocking manner: they were supposed to bring a smile to the viewer, most often they are depicted pomaded minded weaklings. The Hays code has tightened and it’s an unspoken rule: any image of gays. Although there were Directors, bypassing this item, however, with caution. Now homosexuals were the real villains. For example, in the Alfred Hitchcock film “Rope” two guys kill one of their fellow students out of pure curiosity. Directly about their orientation is nowhere mentioned, but the hints are pretty clear.