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Yes, there's a lot that the introduction of the code did to limit what could be done with film. I've only seen a handful of the kind of films from the pre-code era that genuinely pushed the medium further in terms of social and cultural commentary, but it's very easy to see the change that took place when the Hays code was put into effect. If nothing else, it serves as an excellent reminder of what happens when outside forces limit people's ability to create art in the name of morality.