This Picture Is Condemned! Controversy, Censorship, and the Movies

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Film and Censorship

Spring 2022

Taught By: Maya Smukler

Section: A

CRN: 3618

Credits: 3

According to filmmaker John Waters, "Bad taste is what entertainment is all about. If someone vomits watching one of my films, it's like getting a standing ovation." Is there really such a thing as "appropriate" entertainment? Are there boundaries that should never be crossed? In the 1930s, the Hays Office, Hollywood's watchdog, declared, "Wrong entertainment lowers the whole living conditions and moral ideals of a race." But who is responsible for determining these ideals? This class considers the U.S. film industry's attempts at regulation, from the 1930s Production Code to the Hollywood blacklist in the 1950s to the current ratings system. Students examine cinema's relationship with censorship and the larger notion of moral responsibility in artistic expression. Students must view assigned films on their own.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Asynchronous

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:44am 9/27/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 1/24/2022 - 5/16/2022