Pre-Code Movies

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Instructor Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle Film Critic

Pre-Code films are movies made in the five-year window between the adoption of sound and the sudden, axe-like arrival of a rigid Production Code on July 1, 1934.  During that time, movies could be political, criminals could be heroes and women on screen could have affairs, have babies out of wedlock and hold down professional positions without apologizing.  Today, movies made after the Code just seem like old movies, but movies made before the Code somehow feel new -- with people we recognize as thinking and feeling very much as we do.

Mick LaSalle, the author of two well-received books on Pre-Code films, is your guide to the greatest films from this era -- the raciest, the most politically important, the most adventurous, and the most trailblazing.  The course of films featuring stars such as Barbara Stanwyck, Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Gary Cooper, John Gilbert, Norma Shearer, Joan Blondell  and many others -- plus extensive clips.  By the time the course is over, students will not only know the highlights, but will have the background to continue their exploration of an era, whose satisfactions are limitless. 

The workshop will meet on Wednesday nights from 6:30pm-8:20pm via Zoom conference call. Mick will let you know what movie to watch each week before the meeting and workshop time will include lectures, instructor led discussions and film clips. 

*The workshop will consist only of films that Mick LaSalle has not shown in the last three years of Extension workshops. Students are encouraged to repeat the workshop if desired!


Fee: $195
Dates: 7/15/20-8/12/20
Day: Wednesday
Synchronized meeting time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Number of meetings: 5
Location: Online

Students must have a computer with internet access and a webcam to participate in the workshop.