Become a member and save up to 20% on the price of your tickets! If you are already a member, log in to access your member price. From the Hays Code to X-Rated Movies: A History of Hollywood Censorship Afternoon Lecture/Seminar Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1J0180 Select Your Tickets Login $20 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $25 - Non-Member Resize text Thou Shalt Not, protest photo illustrating the Hays Code’s strictures by Whitey Schafer From its very beginnings in the 1890s, motion pictures have delighted the public—and upset civic and religious authorities who felt that movies needed to be regulated to protect “innocent” minds and discourage immorality. As more and more cities and states established film censorship boards during the early 1900s, Hollywood recognized some kind of action was needed. The result was the 1934 Hays Code, which set up strict rules of language and conduct for studio films that lasted more than three decades. As times changed the code was replaced by the voluntary MPAA film ratings system in 1968. And yet 50 years later, the ratings system of G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 films continues to have its own set of problems. Media expert Brian Rose, professor emeritus at Fordham University, looks at 125 years of movie censorship and the many ways Hollywood has tried to deal with this continuing issue. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This online program is presented on Zoom.