The Evolution of the Movie Ratings System

  • In this activity, students will learn about the first movie ratings system (the Hays System) and why it went into place, analyze the subtle changes to the Hays System thanks to Gone With The Wind, and trace the evolution of censorship in movies through the development of the Modern Code.  A variety of activities will challenge the students in this activity, including analysis of movie trailers based on the the two codes.  WARNING: Some of the trailers that I have links to may be a little risque...

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