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A good historical example, though, of how films were generally more puritanical during the middle of the 20th century than beforehand. In this movie, which veers from camp to slightly surreal melodrama, viewers are treated to a wide range of prominent details that they might not expect from such an old film.
For example, we see Clara Bow playing a promiscuous young woman (though this is eventually explained away with an excuse unlikely to be used today). Her nipples are clearly displayed (through a sheer blouse, no bra) for quite a long time, and there's an undeniable S&M scene in which she whips a forbidden love interest.
There's a frank, even casual approach taken to extramarital sex, adultery, interracial liaisons, and prostitution, and we even see a working-class gay bar complete with transvestite cabaret.
Most of these topics are treated so unjudgmentally that I was really curious if the director had any opinion at all, and I wondered how a contemporaneous audience, with both the Roaring Twenties and the stock market crash recently behind them, would have viewed the film.
An interesting film, very watchable (and frequently unintentionally amusing, to the modern eye), and, of course, historically important for being a Clara Bow talkie.
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