Hollywood Voices | Interviews with stars of the Golden Age of American Cinema
CHANNEL | Other
RECORDED | circa 1978
DURATION | 15 minutes 35 seconds
In this extract from an unedited recording, irascible director Joseph Mankiewicz (pictured above with Elizabeth Taylor on the set of 'Cleopatra') speaks dismissively about modern movies. He goes on to talk about censorship in the early days of Hollywood, the difficulties he found in working with Darryl F Zanuck on 'Cleopatra' (1963) and who really has the last word on a picture's final cut.
This unedited interview is presented as it was originally recorded. Therefore, there are changes in the sound levels and there may be some interruptions and interference from background noise. Parts of this interview were used in the 1979 documentary 'Movie Moguls'.
Before film classifications existed, Hollywood used the Hays Code to determine the suitability of subjects and images to be included in movies. Introduced in 1930 and retained until 1966, the code laid down guidelines on moral standards and regard for the law. However, as Mankiewicz discusses, some of its suggestions to do with marital bedroom arrangements and vulgar or profane language were already outmoded. Other recommendations are shocking to a contemporary audience; for example, from 1930 until 1956, it was 'forbidden' to show interracial sexual relationships.
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