The Pre-Code era of Hollywood refers to the years between 1930 when the Production Code was adopted and 1934 when it was in full effect. The Code prohibited seeing many sins on screen, so Pre-Code films are beloved for how risqué and provocative they could be with their look and content.
Though costume design is important in film, it is particularly significant to the plot and production of the movies selected for this series. In addition to delving into the early lives of the stars, you will also learn about the costume designers themselves - how they contributed to the style of the studios along with the evolution of the actresses' careers and personal style.
Join film historian Kimberly Truhler for the 6-part series THE STYLE OF SIN that introduces you to some of the most popular actresses of the Pre-Code era - Joan Crawford, Kay Francis, Jean Harlow, Barbara Stanwyck, Carole Lombard, and Joan Blondell. There will be one event per month.
The second event focuses on the life and style of Kay Francis with a deep dive into films like GIRLS ABOUT TOWN (1931) and MANDALAY (1934).