Classic Film : Earliest Movies About Taboo Subjects

Earliest Movies About Taboo Subjects

Nothing before 1934 (Hays Code).

The earlier, the better, as they seem to handle the subject matter better, especially with quality writing, instead of being crass.. Nothing after the 1970s. From any country. For some reason, they just seem to be better. Nothing silly, but something mature. I'm watching "Pale Flower" and loving it, and there's a mention of a guy who is a "dope addict"… I do remember liking "The Man With The Golden Arm", too.

Not the exploitation stuff like "Reefer Madness"

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Different from the Others (1919) - First film about a homosexual relationship.



Different from the Others (1919)

Paul Korner is a homosexual musician who falls in love with his protégé Kurt. Unfortunately, the two are seen walking hand in hand by the blackmailer Franz. Though Paul agrees to Franz's demands at first, it gets out of hand and he ends up refusing to pay which has dire consequences for the lovers.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0009878/


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https://archive.org/details/youtube-oEMeNthlvRQ

It won't show on YouTube because it VIOLATES their TOS… There are a lot of great things (movies, documents, etc) on archive.org

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I never saw it, but I remember reading that Jim Morrison hitchhiked 400 miles to see it in SF.

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Of course Jean Genet is a renowned author. He wrote homosexual subjects usually set in prison. Having been in the joint Genet is one of my favorite authors.

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Bigger Than Life, drug addiction, in this case cortisone. That came out a year after The Man with the Golden Arm. There must have been earlier movies.

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The Snake Pit, from 1948, about mental illness.

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"Spring Night, Summer Night" – taboo, but no exploitation at all. Very cinema-verite.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A4xan

Häxan, a silent film from 1922. It is about witchcraft and was banned from being shown in the United States.

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Kewl film.



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Design for Living (1933). It features a woman in a relationship with two separate men, who come to have a "gentleman's agreement" between them that neither will sleep with the woman and who each break that agreement.

How unfortunate to be born at the end of the universe.

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The Innocents, hinting at paedophilia

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If we are talking about the earliest taboo subject movies, Lois Weber's Shoes (1916) should be on the list.

According to the IMDB synopsis, a young woman living with her family in dire poverty prostitutes herself for a pair of shoes.

It was recently broadcast on TCM which I no longer have the pleasure of watching since Comcast moved it to a paid sports package.

Check out the post by MortSahlFan on the Classic Film Board and add a few comments. I'd like to read more about this movie that I didn't even know existed until the TCM showing.

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Freaks, but that doesn't make your early cut off date by 2 years.

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