Private Censorship Of Movies By Roy Bates

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In his essay “Private Censorship of Movies”, Roy Bates goes back to the beginning of the Production Code. Basically what the Production Code was set to do was to create a standard for which films had to follow (Bates). The general rules were: “1)No picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it. Hence the sympathy of the audience should never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin; 2) Correct standards of life, subject only to the requirements of drama and entertainment, shall be presented; and 3)Law, natural or human, shall not be ridiculed, nor shall sympathy be created for its violation” (Bynum). Aside from just the Production Code, the government also created some sub-offices. The films pre-war time had war only in the background of different genres. With the new sub-offices however, films were now to show the scarifies that the troops endured for their fellow Americans. The United States Office of War Information and the Bureau of Motion Pictures were created. The OWI took the government information gathered and delivered it to both domestic and American audiences overseas. The BMP was a government program that worked along side Hollywood to produce films that were aim to persuade Americans into acts of patriotism …show more content…
When propaganda was mixed with film, an even more powerful tool was created. With the programs and offices the government created, the Hypodermic Theory now came into play. The government regulated what information Americans had access to, and how it was delivered to them. Propaganda films became an effective way to convince audiences that fighting was just, and joining the war was a must. Films also played an important part in countries because it increased patriotism, which was generally needed to get the country through war. If it weren't for propaganda films, I don't believe the American government was going to be able to persuade so many Americas that war was a must. Aside from the Pearl Harbor bombing, that it.

Works Cited
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