But all that stopped in with the adoption of the Motion Picture Production Code, which set standards so strict that for 20 years thereafter movie married couples had to sleep in twin beds. Homosexuals have always played a creative role in Hollywood. Until the adoption of the Production Code, American movies were getting racier and racier. Not content to recycle films in the Turner library, Barrios went looking for movies that are hardly seen today. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. Some movies got away. Powered by Livefyre The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.
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But the movie had to sidestep that. Some of the films present negative images of gays. Mondays and Wednesdays throughout June. On Monday, Turner Classic Barrios not only chose the films for the series but also did on-camera commentaries with TCM host Robert Osborne for more than 30 of them. Filmmakers today are free to depict homosexual characters as they choose.
But gay stories almost never made it to celluloid. The irony, Poe said, was that Hollywood was always taking material from Broadway and then bowdlerizing it until it lost much of its meaning. See our Commenting FAQ. Some of the films present negative images of gays. But the movie had to sidestep that. No longer must he be portrayed as a weird outsider.