Steve Neale1
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  • 1 University of Exeter
Revisiting Waterloo Bridge
Censorship, Representation, Adaptation and the Persisting Myth of Pre-Code Hollywood
in Film Studies
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This article deals with the issues of censorship, adaptation and representation at stake in the 1931 and 1940 versions of Waterloo Bridge, both of which were based on a 1929 stage play. In doing so it examines the representation of female prostitution and the extent to which the trope of the fallen woman is evoked. Contesting the notion of Pre-Code films, it also examines the impact of the 1930 Production Code, the modifications to its implementation in 1934, the ways in which censorable words and actions were handled in the 1931 and 1940 versions, and the extent to which class became a major factor.

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