Congratulations! You have reached the home page of the Clean Movie Movement!
This is the hub of the fledgling movement for pure and decent entertainment in America, started by the Brannan family. This movement aims to regenerate decency in society by bringing back production codes for the entertainment industries. The scope includes all forms of entertainment, both popular ones, such as television and movies, and classical ones, such as opera and ballet.
The Clean Movie Movement is composed of three organizations, the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society, the L. A. Soprani Sisters, and the yet-to-be-launched Legion of Scriveners for Reform.
The Pure Entertainment Preservation Society (PEPS) is an organization dedicated to reforming the arts in America. It is the foundation organization of the whole movement. It was founded on October 17, 2016, by Tiffany and Rebekah Brannan, then fifteen and twelve. This organization is interested in four main fields, represented by the images in its logo: film, classical music, particularly opera, ballet, and theatre. We believe that all the arts in America and the world have been decaying in recent years. Our organization’s central belief is that the replacement of the Motion Picture Production Code with the Classification and Rating Administration in 1968 led to the decay of society and all the arts. PEPS’s main goal is to reinstall the Code, regenerate Hollywood, and return the other arts to their pure states.
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The L. A. Soprani Sisters is a singing duo started by the Brannan sisters on May 15, 2018. L. A. stands for Lost Art, what we are trying to bring back, as well as Los Angeles, where we are trying to bring it back. This is a sister organization to PEPS. We have the same goals, but we sing to share them with people, since we are both classically-trained opera singers. We perform concerts of classical songs which represent concepts, themes, or movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Our programs tell the story of the Code and its influence on Hollywood through our songs, Tiffany’s narratives, and accompanying slides. Click here to go to our website, where you can learn more about us, see pictures of us, read about our programs, watch and hear videos of us, and hire us for your event!
We are lifting our voices in classical song to help the sun rise on a new day of pure entertainment!
The Legion of Scriveners for Reform is the third organization in the Clean Movie Movement. We are working on launching this newest endeavor. It will be a group of concerned citizens who write letters to influential people about important issues in our society. More information will follow when it is officially launched.
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The Clean Movie Movement is symbolized by the morning sun, since its motto is: Only the Code can make the sun rise on a new day of pure entertainment. Its colors are light blue and bright yellow, the colors of the sky at dawn. You can use these colors to support the movement.
We are the Tiffany and Rebekah Brannan, L. A. Soprani Sisters, the primary authors of this website’s articles, and we ask you to become supporters of the Clean Movie Movement today!
News from the Clean Movie Movement
On June 23, I, Tiffany, will be co-hosting a PowerPoint presentation on the Pre-Code Era with a respected Hollywood historian and published author, Mark A. Vieira. We are calling it “Pre-Code vs. Pro-Code.” This free event will take place in the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles. It will be illustrated by a rapid succession of beautifully-restored 1930s photographs. Mark Vieira and I will take turns telling the story of the Pre-Code Era, the Production Code Administration, and the lasting effects which both these times had on Hollywood and American entertainment. We will be revealing new stories and anecdotes and never-before-seen photographs in our amicable debate to determine whether Hollywood was better off before the Code or with it. Come to see whether Pre-Code or Pro-Code will win! Click here to read more about this event.
We are celebrating July as #CleanMovieMonth for the second years in a row! This year, we are calling it #CleanMovieMonth85 in honor of the 85th anniversary of the formation of the Production Code Administration this year. You can join the celebration by only watching movies from the Breen Era (1934-1954) and writing about your opinions on these Code films! Read the announcement here.
As a special high-point of our month-long celebration in July, we are hosting a blogathon on the first weekend in July in honor of the formation of the PCA and the twenty wonderful years of decent cinema which followed during Joseph Breen’s tenure. It will be called The Favorite Code Film Blogathon. On July 5-7, participants will choose their single favorite Code films and write about why these movies from the era of film decency were so good. Please join!
In 2019, we are beginning a new series, What the Code Means to Me. It is a monthly series of guest articles. Every month, a different blogger writes an article about his thoughts and opinions on the Code or one of its aspects. Then, he gets to choose the topic for the next Breening Thursday article. It is a good chance for us to compare our opinions on this unique aspect of film history. Visit the page to sign up to be a participant yourself!
We recently started a new, on-going series here at PEPS, The Breen Letters. This is a series of very special articles. They are special and unique because they are not written by us, and you can’t find them anywhere else. These articles are written by the real descendants of Joseph I. Breen. We have been able to connect with many of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Many of them have shared information with us. Some of them have agreed to write letters about their ancestor. These letters include intimate, personal family information which is distinct and rare. We are providing this for you for historical research, but mostly to show the real and wonderful man behind the Code, Joe Breen. Keep checking this for more articles from Breen family members!
In 2019, we are featuring a special series, 52 Code Films. Every week, I am going to watch at least one Breen Era film which I have never seen before and write an article about it. In each article, I will mention the film’s plot, cast, production notes, and Code classification, as well as my opinions about it. I am encouraging other film-lovers to join the challenge and discover new Code films for themselves. Be sure to visit the afore-mentioned article every week to see my latest articles in the series!
Be sure to visit our website every Thursday to read our weekly Breening Thursday articles. On Thursdays, we publish articles in which we explain how films made outside of the American Breen Era (1934-1954) could have been completely Code-compliant. By imitating the Production Code Administration’s process of self-regulation, which hope to show how breening improves films.
Don’t forget to come back on Friday to read our third weekly series, Film Fashion Fridays. Every week, I choose an outfit from a Breen Era film. Then, I describe how you can get a similar look with modern products. I might focus on just one aspect of the outfit, or I may discuss the entire ensemble. In other articles, I focus on one aspect of vintage fashion, using examples from multiple films and ads. I sometimes provide photographs of us to show how these vintage outfit ideas look in a current situation. In every article, I provide links to Amazon so that you can buy recommended products. I alternate between ladies’ and gentlemen’s fashion, since there is a vintage style for everyone! Read these articles if you want to be a Glamour Girl or a Dapper Dan.
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Just published on April 2, Mark Vieira’s new book on Pre-Code Hollywood is already a #1 Bestseller on Amazon and is on its second printing! He uses his expert talent at restoring vintage photographs and his knowledge of Hollywood history to shine light on the pre-Code films which specifically led to the installment of the Code. Unlike most pre-Code historians, he has respect for the Code, Joseph Breen, and the work the Production Code Administration did during the Breen Era. He is a personal friend and ally as well as a marvelous researcher, so I highly this book!
For anyone who is interested in learning more about the Code and its primary enforcer, Joseph I. Breen, I highly recommend Thomas Doherty’s biography about Mr. Breen. It is a well-researched history which is unique as the only real biography about the great self-regulator. The picture links to the page for a new hardcover book. You can buy a paperback here (Hollywood’s Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration) or purchase it on Kindle here (Hollywood’s Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration).
This book is a real insider’s look at the Production Code Administration. Written in 1970 by Jack A. Vizzard, one of the most prominent members of the PCA, it was the first book to explain the workings of the Code and its enforcers. The language is quite coarse, but no other book reveals so much about what really happened during and after Joe Breen’s time. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants the “inside scoop.”
This book is a great history of pre-Code Hollywood. It was written by Mark A. Vieira, a glamour photographer and historian who brought a unique and truly remarkable degree of accuracy to his text by painstakingly locating and interviewing Jack Vizzard in his last years. His informative text is accompanied by beautifully-restored photographs from dozens of iconic pre-Code films. This is a lovely coffee table book.
This book, of which there is no image available, is a detailed and loving biography about Martin J. Quigley, written by his son Martin S. Quigley. It provides a unique look at the life of one of the authors of and primary powers behind the Code and the decent film movement of the 1930s. This book features some excellent pictures of Mr. Quigley, his family, and the other gentlemen of the Code.
This is the autobiography of the other author of the Code, Father Daniel A. Lord. This talented Missouri priest was a very diverse gentleman. His numerous accomplishments included authoring children’s books, writing Catholic periodicals, penning plays, composing music, and working as a technical advisor on a Cecil B. DeMille film. This is a reasonably-priced, fascinating book about his life in his own words.
One of the best places to find obscure but entertaining classic films for free is Amazon’s Prime Video. We have found many little gems amongst their free pictures. In addition, there are a lot of classic television series for free amongst the archives. Click on the link to sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, which will give us a commission even if you don’t continue with Prime. In addition to all the free movies and television series, you can enjoy free 2-day shipping, perfect for last-minute items!
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