RARA-AVIS: Breen Office and Noir

joseph (joseph@sos.net)
Wed, 29 Jul 1998 20:17:04 +0100 Before we begin by 1933 Joseph Breen was in charge of the Code Office so it
was by that time Called the Breen Office. Hays had been a mere functionary
who kept the lid on the forces that wanted censor movies by pretending to
enforce the code. Breen did enforce the code. I also agree read "The Dame
in the Kimono."

The code was instrumental in making noir darker. Because the code demanded
the bad guys get it. All who crossed the line were doomed. If it wasn't the
police, it was self distruction. Generally the stronger the wrongful deed,
the stronger the punishment. In "Gun Crazy" (1949) by the end of the movie
they couldn't be just arrested they had to be destroyed. Under the code it
was a God thing. If the police couldn't get you a rock from God would.
Which is why "Maltese Falcon" fit in. All of the "bad guys" were caught or
killed. The defender of the good survived. If Spade had been as crooked as
pretended he would followed the others doomed fate.


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