A magazine writer poses as a Jew to expose anti-Semitism.
A magazine writer poses as a Jew to expose anti-Semitism.
When I first moved to Toronto I ended up living in the Gay Village. I felt quite safe there to walk to and from friends' homes late at night. The neighbourhood was always bustling and it was refreshing to not get any 2nd looks and whistles. But there was one day, I recall it like it was yesterday, where I had a thought that made my heart sink. There had been a few 'gay bashings' (I hate that expression) in The Village months before I moved there, and I remember thinking that it wouldn't happen to me because all I had to say was that I wasn't gay. That stopped me in my tracks and shook me to the core.…
Elia Kazan's Best Picture-winning "Gentleman's Agreement" presents an observation of American antisemitism and a critique of those passive in its, or any racial hate's, presence. A powerful but stagy drama, the film may feel heavy-handed if removed from its post-World War II context. However, that in no way makes its searing message any less clear.
Focusing on a magazine writer assigned to draft an article series about antisemitism, the film watches as the writer claims to be Jewish in order to experience bigotry first hand. From insidious glances to outright exclusion, the writer suffers the emotional and psychological effects of hate in this compelling and still timely story.
The drama stems mostly from dialogue and low-key action, but Kazan keeps…
"I've come to see lots of nice people who hate it and deplore it and protest their own innocence, then help it along and wonder why it grows." ~ Phil Green
When widowed journalist Philip Schuyler Green (Gregory Peck) moves from California to New York City to work for Smith's Weekly, he's full of hope. It means a new start for him, his son Tommy (Dean Stockwell) and the boy's grandmother Mrs. Green (Anne Revere). However, Green gets tossed a curve when he learns his first assignment from editor John Minify (Albert Dekker) is to write a story about antisemitism from a fresh perspective.
Coming up with an angle seems to stymie Green until he recalls his friend Dave Goldman…
Performances : 7.3/10
Story : 8.4/10
Production : 7/10
Overall : 7.57/10
Sure, Gentleman's Agreement has its fair share of awkward, racially overcharged moments, but there are even more impressive moments. Powerful moments. Moments that made me seriously fucking happy that we've (for the most part) evolved out of a society like this, at least in my neck of the woods.
Gregory Peck is occasionally wonderful and occasionally just bad. I'm not sure what was going on there. Celeste Holm, on the other hand was fantastic in every scene. She stole the film, honestly. The same can't be said for Dorothy McGuire who, unfortunately, brought down most of her scenes.
On the whole it's a well paced, interesting look at…
Elia Kazan is my favorite film director, but this rigid, too-gentle message movie will never be my favorite of his, or so it seems.
Gregory Peck stars as a valued journalist who gets a better job in a New York magazine, so he moves there with his health-challenged mother and his 10-year-old son. Also, the widower gets a new girlfriend just on arrival. What he doesn't find is the right angle from which to attack the antisemitism-themed series of articles his editor has asked him to do almost before the movie had begun. Suddenly, Peck is striken by the right idea. Not a very original one, in the sense it is the same idea he had for every assignment completed…
So this movie has a history with me. Like two Sundays ago I was going to watch this, but I had a problem with the subtitles, so I saw Jackie and since then I was trying to find a different torrent and I found one like a few days ago and I finally saw it and I actually liked it.
My favorite thing and in the same time my biggest gripe is the theme of the movie. It was really cool to see a different type of racism, because I have seen movies about different types of racism, but I don't think I have ever seen one about Jewish (except if you count Schindler's List). And while…
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I genuinely hope that this take on post-war antisemitism was somewhat heightened, because damned if every single character in this movie except the protagonist - including at least one token Jew - wasn't exposed as a goddamned antisemite! The angle of the film was "I spent 8 weeks as a Jew," and during that time, the main character is exposed to absolutely every brand of prejudice ever invented. He's barred from entry into clubs, turned away at high brow hotels, subjected to baseless assumptions about his military service, exposed to self-loathing sentiments from a Jew who's passing as a goy, had…
A classic from Netflix tonight.
An interesting product of its time. It's not perfect, but it's a good exploration of what it was like back then to be jewish in a white world. Definitely worth watching.
A story that was pretty big for its time since a lot of people were anti-semetic at the time even with what happened in WWII. The story can be seen even today with some race relations or other subjects.
The story does get a bit bogged down and slow at parts that takes away from the main message but Pecks performance is just amazing. In real life he felt this way you could tell. He gave a all star performance and one you truly believe abd makes you feel conviction
Celeste Holm's Anne, for which she did win Best Supporting, is one of so many women who should be queens from the first few decades of Oscar winners.
Gregory Peck is charming as always.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing...
I've often wondered maybe naively- why is it that anti-Semitism is always "associated with" but "never included" within racism. In these times of extreme communitarian sensitivity, I'm fully aware that these questions can hide an unconscious form of anti-Semitism but I know my conscience is crystal clear on that level.
Let's first put facts into their historical context, anti-Semitism is undoubtedly connected with an indelible stain on Humanity's soul called the Holocaust, six millions of Jews died of something that started with an individual belief, a devastating number in a dramatically short time span. The historical trauma made obvious the distinction between anti-Semitism and racism.…
An excellent movie about World War II and mob anti-Semitism. A great movie for my students in my World War II class.
This is a great film, and unfortunately one that is still poignant and relevant today. I particularly liked that racism/antisemitism was explored in many ways - from the blatant restrictions put upon Jewish people, to slurs, the affect on children, the self-inflicted racism, the polite nonchalant/every-day-ism of certain conversations, and what I particularly enjoyed, was highlighting the ingrained culture of exclusion and otherness that even those who hate antisemitism sometimes fall into. Always worth a watch.
there were sooooo many problems with how this movie approached anti-semitism, but for 1947 the film had more nuance than i was expecting. as always, gregory peck was gorgeous as a lawful good dad standing up against bigotry. the two hours felt closer to three; the movie would've benefited from a more robust plot than gregory peck finding out his fiancee is anti-semitic three times over
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