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Those Naughty Pre-Code Movies

by Art Gottlieb

If you’re interested in taking an OLLI class or two, you may
also be old enough to remember when the Hays Office reviewed
American movies. The Hays Code, known officially as the “Motion Picture Production Code,” was established in 1934 to establish a set of industry moral censorship guidelines that governed the production of most U.S. motion pictures. The Hays Office then interpreted the infamous “code,” which was designed to spell out what was acceptable and unacceptable
and censored anything that was considered “obscene.” Such things as being scantily dressed, a male and female in the same bed together (even with neck-to-toe pajamas), passionate kissing, panting and sighing . . . were strictly taboo. In fact, they were considered unacceptable content for a public audience.

Before the code went into effect, however, many memorable classic films were produced starring well-known movie actors. If names such as Ida Lupino, Joan Crawford, James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, or Clark Gable spring to mind, it’s because they made their mark in the “roarin’ twenties” and thirties before the “up-righteous code” took effect.

If you’d like to revisit these old gems with themes of gold diggers, home wreckers, gangsters, and gun molls, a special class has been allyplanned for you at the Pine Avenue campus. Allyson Hathcock will lead the class and show films of the “Pre-Code Era” that were eons ahead of their time. As an aficionado of classic Hollywood films and one who studied their history at UC Irvine, Miss Hathcock will delight her class with backstage tales of intrigue, loose morals, and notorious fights between glamorous movie-stars. Films
shown in this class will include Red Headed Woman, She Done
Him Wrong, Lady Killer
, and The Sign of the Cross. Come find
out what was so salacious, so naughty, and/or so decadent,
that up until thirty years ago, it was banned from public viewing.


Join us for an eclectic selection of classes.
FREE for ALL attendees.
NO FEE or Registration required.


William J. Havlicek’s lecture, like his much admired book, is based largely on Vincent
van Gogh’s astonishing letters of which
over 900 exist. Dr. Havlicek offers some
remarkable revelations, among them the
role played by Johanna van Gogh-Bonger,
Vincent’s sister-in-law, without whom little
of the artist would ever have been known.
Revealed too is the artist’s vicarious relationship with Charles Dickens, as well as
Havlicek’s discovery of how Victor Hugo
gave Van Gogh the idea for one of his most
celebrated paintings of all: The Starry Night.
Dr. Havlicek also dispels much of the myth
that has come to surround Vincent’s tumultuous life: “The letters reveal an unknown,
adventurous, deeply compassionate Vincent
whose essence seems to have been
lost in the dramatic and often apocryphal
stories surrounding his illness and early
death. My effort therefore is to unveil these
unknown aspects of Vincent—ones that are
even heroic and certainly praiseworthy.”

Tuesday, January 13 only
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Seating as space is available
Bring a friend to OLLI and share our motto:
Learn More ~ Age Less


Did you know that 35-40% of seniors
will develop age-related macular degeneration
(AMD)? Your risk may be high for this disease, which destroys the central vision. It can make it impossible or challenging to read, drive,
watch TV, accomplish daily tasks and
recognize the people around you.

This class is for you, whether you have
AMD or not. You’ll learn
•Lifestyle factors that add to risk.
•Daily tips to prevent or slow AMD.
•The latest in treatments and exciting
new research.
•Techniques and devices to make
the most of the vision you have.
• Resources and support that can help.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration:
Judi Delgado, “What You Can Do”

Low Vision Rehabilitation:
Avani Patel, OD, Low Vision Specialist
“How To See Your Best”

Resource Fair – Braille Institute and
Enhanced Vision
Handouts, refreshments and a
free drawing for a magnifier.

Friday, March 6 only
12:00 - 3:00 PM
CSULB, HS&D, room 101