[Pope's view of television in Italy]
Monday, January 11, 1954
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Seldes apologizes for an absence over the holidays. Arts in the news. A new television network for movies in Italy. Psychological difference among the audience between watching movies at home and watching them in a theater.
Immorality of motion pictures. Revision of the film code. Samuel Goldwyn. "The Moon is Blue" was run without approval. Without the code, exhibitors can't operate practically due to boycotts. The code should conform to the changes in society.
A rule that, if a woman is in bed, a man may sit beside her bet, but only with both feet on the floor.
Goldwyn says the principles of the code are rooted in the Ten Commandments, but this is doubtful.
Lubtisch touch. Ways that clever people can outsmart the code.
What is love? Children object to lovemaking in westerns. Do adults really object?
A code of good taste to prevent vulgarities necessary for some areas in broadcasting from penetrating fields where they're not required.
Reads from an Edmund Wilson book.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71507
Municipal archives id: LT3085