In more recent news dealing with the MPAA rating system the remake of the movie "Evil Dead" was submitted to the MPAA board and received a NC-17 rating. With all the gory scenes ranging from severed limbs to slicing tongues, people and the director was not suprised that the first cut got the NC-17 rating. The director Fede Alvarez was proud to get that rating but was forced to go in and recut to get a R-rating before the film's April 12th release.
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With the Hays Code in affect the content of many Hollywood films was restricted. This clip explains what some directors had to do to clean up their films which meant cutting out scenes of sex or violence and not using certain language. Even though filmmakers had to submit their scripts to the code office to see if they had broken any of the Hays Code rules, many of those filmmakers tried to bypass the Hays Code by using coded phrasing to get their point across without breaking any of those rules.
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In this documentary titled "Bully" the director Lee Hirsch wanted to show and teach kids about bullying in schools but with this movie came one of the most controversial decisions to ever come out of the MPAA rating system. The documentary that shines a light on the effects of bullying on young kids was ultimately given an R-rating by the MPAA for some language. Unhappy with this decision feeling like it should have gotten a PG-13 so bullied kids of all ages could see the film, Hirsch launched an appeal but sadly lost the appeal by one vote.
This article explains that the MPAA rating system came after the realism movement and after the rise of exploitation films which had a lot of sexual and violent content. After the production code approval system was abandoned in the 1950's the MPAA agreed to implement a rating system for all its movies that would be enforced by distributors and exhibitors including movie theaters. Even though the rating system is voluntary many producers submit to the rating system anyway instead of risking their movie not being seen at all.
Under the Motion Picture Association of America its voluntary rating system includes G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17. This short clip from This Film Is Not Yet Rated helps to explain in more detail what exactly each rating consists of when put on films.
With both of these films being made pre-code, this clip shows the parts of the films that would be considered touchy scenes in post-code times. A woman suggesting to have sex with a man and a woman showing off her skin are both looked at as bad things to do on film according to the Hays Code itself.
This article gives and describes the six biggest NC-17 and R-Rated controversies in film history. Among these six films is the film "Blue Valentine". Starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams the couples onscreen oral sex scenes caused the film to originally get the dreaded NC-17 rating but ultimately the MPAA changed its first decision and gave the film an R-rating.
An overview of This Film is Not Yet Rated, including cast and credit details, a review summary, and more.
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Released in 2005, "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" gives the audience an inside look on how the MPAA can be considered very secretive.This film also gives examples of movies clips that have gotten in trouble with the MPAA board. With the MPAA board being the judge of what movies get what rating, it's suprising to see in this film how the board judges and how majority of the time the board lets explicit and graphic violence slide whereas anything dealing with sex has to be censored.
Unable to show explicit adultery or anything overtly sexual, the movie "Double Indemnity" which was released after the Hays Code was in place and strongly enforced uses innuendo to portray the actors attraction to one another. This movie acts as a great example of what films would do in order to stay within the Hays code guidelines.
In 1922 the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was formed. It was a way that the industry would self regulate itself. The first president of the MPAA was Will Hays. The Hays Code was named after him and the codes were a set rules/regulations that allowed films to be made. The Hays Code would approve or disapproved based on if the film was deemed "moral" or "immoral." Nudity was definitely not allowed back then. The Hays code began in 1930 and ended in 1968.
Hollywood Censorship all started with the adoption of the Hays Code between the years 1930-1968. Will H.Hays was a Presbyterian elder and Postmaster General and became the first president of the MPAA. The Hays Code was the first attempt at having censorship guidelines in the United States for motion picture producers to follow.
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