Listen up, all you dirty rats and hot dames. Let us transport you back to Hollywood’s savage years, when the restrictive censorship of the Hays Code wasn’t worth the paper it was written on. Before the Hollywood censors decided to enforce the rules around sexuality, violence, drugs and hard living, a group of films we now call the Pre-Codes tested the boundaries by breaking every single one of them. And just as the gangsters and gold-diggers on-screen raised eyebrows by profiting from their nefarious deeds, cinema was enriched by some of the wittiest, wildest, and most audaciously enjoyable movies Hollywood has ever made. If you want to see women centre-stage and expressing their own desires, or criminals so charming you’ll pray they get away with the loot, step this way.

Season introduction notes by season co-curators Pamela Hutchinson and Christina Newland.

With thanks to Park Circus and Warner Bros.

Presented by Watershed in collaboration with Park Circus as part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour.

Full season pass available: 5 films for €50. Available at the IFI Box Office or over the phone at 01 679 5744.


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