Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Thursday, February 1, 1934

Walked to school with Pauline. Had a Latin test. In the evening, Pauline and I went to Nadine's.

Released February 1, 1934
Adapted from the novel Nana by Emile Zola

Plot Summary:
Nana tells the story of Nana Coupeau's rise from streetwalker to high-class cocotte during the
last three years of the French Second Empire. Nana first appears in the end of L'Assommoir (1877),
another of Zola's Rougon-Macquart series, in which she is portrayed as the daughter of an
abusive drunk; in the end, she is living in the streets and just beginning a life of prostitution.

Nana was a Pre-Code movie. Films made in the Pre-Code era frequently presented people in
sexually suggestive or provocative situations, and did not hesitate to display women in scanty attire.
After much protest from religious groups and moviegoers in general, the Motion Picture Production
Code (AKA the Hays Code and named for Will H. Hays) was instituted on July 1, 1934.

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