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Classic Films: Hollywood Biopics Under the Hays Code

After the introduction of the Hays Code in 1930, which set a standard of “moral” guidelines for American film, some of Hollywood’s film studio giants responded by producing blockbuster biopics of famous individuals who triumphed in the face of adversity. Sit back, relax, and get inspired!

FILM

The Story of Louis Pasteur

Tuesday, May 6, 1:30 p.m.

Paul Muni plays the part of French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur, today renowned for his discoveries in vaccination and pasteurization, but deemed a quack by his contemporary medical community.

Admission:

FREE; no reservations

FILM

The Life of Émile Zola

Tuesday, May 13, 1:30 p.m.

This fictionalized biography of French author and activist Émile Zola (Paul Muni) depicts his friendship with painter Paul Cézanne, his rise to fame with the publication of Nana, and his paramount defense of Alfred Dreyfus—a Jewish officer in the French army unjustly accused of treason. 

Admission:

FREE; no reservations

FILM

The Story of Alexander Graham Bell

Tuesday, June 3, 1:30 p.m.

When Alexander Graham Bell’s new invention—the telephone—garners the attention of Queen Victoria, he is assured success. But not without some resistance from a competing company backed by Western Union.

Admission:

FREE; no reservations

FILM

Madame Curie

Tuesday, June 10, 1:30 p.m.

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, Madame Curie follows the famed scientist and her husband down their path towards the discovery of radium.

Admission:

FREE; no reservations

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