She climbed the ladder of success – wrong by wrong

Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent in Baby FaceThe Boston Public Library’s free film and video series is hosting Sinsational Cinema: Pre-Code Hollywood Movies in August. They’re starting next Wednesday at 6:30 with Baby Face — Darryl Zanuck’s story of a Lily (Barbara Stanwyck), a woman who slept her way to the top. Who would have thought that a movie made in the 1933 would have covered such a risque topic?
That’s what Sinsational Cinema is all about. Apparently, the lack of strong enforcement of the Production Code between the years 1930 and 1934 allowed films of these years to be more daring and controversial than the later films of the decade.
And the BPL is air-conditioned….

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