Breaking the Commandments: Pre-Code Hollywood Year-Long Film Series

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Breaking the Commandments: Pre-Code Hollywood Year-Long Film Series

January 6, 2019
February 3, 2019
March 3, 2019
April 7, 2019
May 5, 2019
June 2, 2019
July 7, 2019
August 11, 2019
September 8, 2019
October 6, 2019
November 3, 2019
December 8, 2019

Film Geeks SD’s fifth year-long film series kicks off Jan. 6 with Cecil B. De Mille’s Sign of the Cross as we launch Breaking the Commandments: Pre-Code Hollywood.


Pre-Code Hollywood refers to an era in motion pictures from the arrival of sound in the late 1920s to the mandatory enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code in July 1934. This series focuses on films made between 1930 and 1934 and highlights how openly suggestive some of these films were and how blissfully defiant they were of the Code authority (that defiance, however, would bring on more forceful self-censorship that would last well into the 1960s).


Whether you are already an ardent admirer of these films or you have no idea what we are talking about, this is an opportunity to see some of classic Hollywood at its most rebellious, most lascivious, or more subversive! It was an age of breaking the rules of “morality,” according to the censors of the day!


We will showcase 16 films with screenings one Sunday a month at 1pm.


Prepare yourselves for the following:

January 6th: Sign of the Cross

February 3rd: I’m No Angel


March 3rd: Babyface and Night Nurse

April 7th: Design for Living

May 5th: Cock of the Air

June 2nd: The Divorcee


July 7th: The Mask of Fu Manchu and The Most Dangerous Game


The Mask of Fu Manchu: The sinister Dr. Fu Manchu (Boris Karloff) and his equally devious daughter, Fah Lo See (Myrna Loy), clash with a British expedition that has set out in search of Genghis Khan’s tomb. Working under the guidance of Sir Nayland Smith (Lewis Stone), the English team finds ancient relics — a mask and a sword. While the group seeks the artifacts for their archeological value, Fu Manchu and Fah Lo See regard them as mystical items that they can use to gain unstoppable power. 

The Most Dangerous Game: When legendary hunter Bob Rainsford (Joel McCrea) is shipwrecked on the perilous reefs surrounding a mysterious island, he finds himself the guest of the reclusive and eccentric Count Zaroff (Leslie Banks). While he is very gracious at first, Zaroff eventually forces Rainsford and two other shipwreck survivors, brother and sister Eve (Fay Wray) and Martin Towbridge (Robert Armstrong), to participate in a sadistic game of cat and mouse in which they are the prey and he is the hunter.


Sunday, July 7: 1:00

Tickets: $17.00 for both films


August 11th: Golddiggers of 1933

September 8th: Possessed

October 6th: Island of Lost Souls and White Zombie

November 3rd: Dinner at Eight

December 8th: Scarface and Public Enemy


VIP passes (only one left but individual tickets will be sold at the door).


Buy Movie Tickets

$11 General Admission / $8.50 Students & Seniors / $7.50 Members. Tickets available at box office or online.


Only at Digital Gym CINEMA San Diego!


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San Diego, CA 92104

(Off 805 Freeway on corner of 30th Street and El Cajon Blvd)

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