The Baddest Bitches of the Jazz Age

The cinema series “It Girls, Flappers, Jazz Babies & Vamps” screens at Film Forum through March 24, in association with the Library of Congress. Featuring the early sex symbols of the pre-code silver screen, including stars like Marlene Dietrich, Clara Bow, and Joan Crawford, the films challenged the moral high ground and touted sexual themes and shocking stories — at least until the enforcement of the restrictive Hays Code in the 1930s. The popular women of the Jazz Age had a...

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