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…
Gentleman’s Agreement is a groundbreaking film about anti-Semitism that carries the additional weight of coming out in 1947, just two years after World War II, a time when hatred toward Jews was heightened by post-war tensions. The film’s sentiment that you need to walk in another person’s shoes to understand discrimination, as Gregory Peck’s Phil Green does, is still a timely and relevant one for audiences today, which is why the picture still resonates. The only aspect of the movie which doesn’t age so well however, are the scenes where Gregory Peck’s character, who is Christian, admonishes his secretly Jewish secretary for harboring worries that hiring Jews who embody annoying stereotypes might strengthen anti-semitism. Green using his experience pretending to…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Me & another girl in my American-Jewish Cultures class developed a fan theory that Gregory Peck’s character was actually Jewish the whole time. Our square professor shot us down but THE SIGNS ARE ALL THERE, CHRISTINA. HIS MOTHER JUST CHOSE NOT TO RAISE HIM JEWISH BECAUSE OF THIS WHOLE ANTISEMITISM THING THAT HE IS NOW WRITING AN ARTICLE ON.
Gregory Peck is just great in Elia Kazans Gentleman's Agreement. He plays an journalist who pretends to be a jew to see how other people will treat him knowing this. The film - especially through Pecks acting - is very emotional about it's topic and shows in an intelligent way how it feels to be looked down by almost everyone around you. The film is not perfect though. Peck only moves through a high society setting. We never get to see how the lower oder middle class would face this "jew"-journalist. But Gentleman's Agreement is good enough to make you (still) think about how we are all people and we should treat each other better.
How to make a movie about Anti-Semitism without guns, wars and killings?
Ask Elia Kazan, he will tell you more!
Best Picture Project: 72/91
"Ma, I've got it! I've got the idea, the angle, the lead. I'll be Jewish! Why, all I've got to do is just say it! No one around here knows me. I can live with myself for six weeks, eight weeks, nine months." -Phil Green
The opening of this film does include some unnatural exposition and a somewhat unfocused narrative, but after that, the film really picks up.
Gregory Peck is great in the lead role of Phil Green, a journalist trying to expose anti-semitism by saying he is Jewish himself. He brings much restraint which is something the film world learned to except from the acting great.
Dorothy McGuire is equally as great as Green's…
Watched as part of my April 2018 Challenge.
A Best Picture winner from before 1970
"When you're troubled and hurt, you pour yourself into things that can't hurt back."
Approximately 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. The Jewish extermination was based on the premise that Jews were either on a quest for world domination, responsible for German's decline post-World War I, or simply inferior. But antisemitism wasn't new or exclusive to Nazi Germany. There are traces of such beliefs dating as far back as 1096 (the First Crusade) or even earlier. Antisemitism was a strong and ardent belief long before Hitler came and unfortunately, it continued to be even after Nazi Germany fell. Because of that, Jews have…
Kazan has no visual sense, but he’s good with actors and the script is strong. Have yet to be convinced he’s a master.
Gentleman's Agreement is a movie I appreciate more for what it's trying to do rather than the movie itself. It's very understandable as to why it was controversial at its time, and how much the Best Picture win meant.
Gregory Peck, who I'm not a huge fan of most of the time (sorry!), does a good job with his role, but unfortunately I find his character very under-written.
I found that some parts of this movie were too in-your-face. I was very happy to watch a movie tackling antisemitism, something I passionately fight against, but some parts felt like a school PSA. I also had problems with the romance of Peck's character, Phil, and Dorothy McGuire's character, Kathy.
Very aware film about prejudice and racism (obvious forebearer to many race-swap comedies to come), while still unaware of other prejudices (Muslims or non-Judeo-Christian religions; subvert sexism).
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