Since November 1, 2018, Breening Thursdays has been a fairly consistent weekly series here at PEPS. With only a few exceptions because of holidays and conflicts, either I or another member of the Brannan family has breened an un-Code film each Thursday. We appreciate the support which our readers have shown for this series. Through our analysis and suggested revision of silent, pre-Code, foreign, Shurlock, and Rating System Era films, we hope that our readers are gaining a greater understanding of the Code. Breening shows how much the Production Code Administration, led by Joseph I. Breen, shaped films from the Golden Era of Hollywood.
We try to choose films to breen which will be interesting to our readers. I try to self-regulate a diverse array of films by alternating between genres as well as time periods. We breeners personally enjoy the task of self-regulating films while watching them and while writing our articles. However, we want to choose film topics which our audience will enjoy, too. Your preferences are our top priority.
What movies would you like us to breen in the near future? Would you like to see more films from a particular genre, time period, or classification? Is there a director whose work you would like to see self-regulated? Is there a particular film which you think should be breened by us? We have breened only two live action films made later than the 1960s, since we don’t like to watch modern films. However, we do make exceptions for the purpose of breening, and we are sometimes able to breen severely-rated films without watching them in their entirety. All films are eligible for breening except American films made between July of 1934 and 1954. Since these are Breen Era films, they can’t be breened; they were made that way in the first place!
Please leave your suggestion or suggestions in the comment section! However, before submitting your chosen film, check the roster of breened films on the Breening Thursday page to ensure that it hasn’t already been breened. If the film you are considering is on the list, it is ineligible, since a movie can only be breened once. If it is not on the list, please suggest it so that we can add more breened films to the roster! If at all possible, we will watch and breen your suggestions for upcoming Breening Thursday articles. We will include the name and website of the person who suggested each topic. Feel free to suggest more than one movie!
Note: While we are eager to breen any film which is suggested to us, not all films are breenable. However, as I explained in my article about the R-rated American Gothic from 1987, many very troublesome movies could have been made as Code-compliant films with some structural changes. Fortunately, we haven’t run into many films which we couldn’t breen! We love the challenge.
We look forward to receiving your suggestions! Let the breening begin!
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