The Motion Picture Association Of America And Their ' Rating System

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The Motion Picture Association of America and their ‘rating system’ (Motion Picture Association of America, 2016) serves as an industry backed form of self-regulation for the content of films for the American consumer. However, amongst the changing times of the Country following World War II and leading into the turbulent 1960’s, Major movie companies were willing to forego industry-approved regulation for major films, forcing the MPAA to change from the Production Code towards the modern-day Rating system.
Film as an art form has always been infatuated with replicating real life. The modern camera and phonograph recorded visual and auditory stimuli for playback purposes, conveying motion, movement, emotion-- reality. Leading from a war that left Europe in ruins, the United States; largely untouched, emerged as the dominant global leader and power. Technology like the radio, and television broadcasting allowed for unprecedented reach to millions of Americans. Up until the 1950’s, the production code was followed. If big studios wanted to market their movies towards American audiences, then they would have to portray a morally simplified world, where good and bad have clear divides—something largely known as a fantasy, after the rise of facist movements in Europe, and the realities of modern warfare. As exchanges in resources and cultural works were exchanged on a newly ‘global’ scale; it was apearant that audience tastes were moving towards the artistic, and uncensored…

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