|December 8, 2019|
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).
Presented by the Film Geeks San Diego.
The Public Enemy: Two young Chicago hoodlums, Tom Powers (James Cagney) and Matt Doyle (Eddie Woods), rise up from their poverty-stricken slum life to become petty thieves, bootleggers and cold-blooded killers. But with street notoriety and newfound wealth, the duo feels the heat from the cops and rival gangsters both. Despite his ruthless criminal reputation, Tom tries to remain connected to his family, however, gang warfare and the need for revenge eventually pull him away.
Scarface: Tony Camonte (Paul Muni) is an ambitious and reckless gangster who ignores warnings not to mess with Irish gangs on the North Side. When the North Side retaliates, Tony essentially massacres them, leaving him on top of the world. Worried about Tony’s overconfidence, however, Johnny, Camonte’s boss, orders him killed, but this also backfires, and Tony finds himself even closer to becoming king of the city.
Runtime: The Public Enemy: 96 minutes; Scarface: 95 minutes
Year: The Public Enemy: 1931; Scarface: 1932
Director(s): The Public Enemy: William A. Wellman; Scarface: Howard Hawks
Sunday, December 8:
Wednesday, December 11:
Thursday, December 12:
Tickets: $17.00 for both films
$11 General Admission / $8.50 Students & Seniors / $7.50 Members. Tickets available at box office or online.
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