The Truro Public Library presents the film series Images of Women in Film, Pre- and Post-Code, with film historian Michelle Crone, on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m., April 3 through May 15, with the exception of the Truro Town Meeting date of April 24. The series is free and open to the public. Anyone who hasn’t seen pre-code films will be treated to some real eye-openers. Before 1934, women such as Norma Shearer, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, and Gretta Garbo appeared in the uncensored film era. Able to express deep and strong emotions and opinions, women dealt with issues such as divorce, adultery, and women in the work force. After the introduction of the “Code,” the portrayal of women changed. Come learn about the politics of the times in Hollywood and hear the backstories behind these classic films and stars! Shown on our big screen via projector. For more information, please visit our website or call the Truro Library at 508-487-1125.
The Divorcee with Norma Shearer (1930), Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 p.m.
When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful, she responds to his infidelities in kind.
Baby Face with Barbara Stanwyck (1933), Tuesday, April 10, 6:00 p.m.
A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank—by gleefully sleeping her way to the top.
Midnight Mary with Loretta Young (1933), Tuesday, April 17, 6:00 p.m.
This crisply told story about Mary--an abused orphan who sinks into a life of crime--is told through flashback as she awaits the verdict of her murder trial.
Dinner at Eight with Jean Harlow & all-star cast (1933), Tuesday, May 1, 6:00 p.m.
A high-society dinner party masks a hotbed of scandal and intrigue. A very funny look at the "upper crust" of the times.
Of Human Bondage with Bette Davis (1934), Tuesday, May 8, 6:00 p.m.
A young man falls for a cold and unfeeling waitress who may ultimately destroy them both. Bette Davis shocked audiences as well as critics with her raw performance as a low-class Cockney waitress.
The Women with Joan Crawford & all-star cast (1939), Tuesday, May 15, 6:00 p.m.
Joan Crawford and an all-star cast in a study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women. We will see how images of women changed to meet the restrictions of the Code in Hollywood.