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A Story that Finally Has Been Told
This documentary is an invaluable document. It does justice to him as an artist/actor and as a committed American. First of all this is not a docu-drama. Indeed this is an excellent and accurate documenatary of historical value. It brings to light the life of a high profile actor during the 1940's and early 1950's. It portrays the way that he struggled to become an actor and the way that he was denied the acclaim he deserved. John Garfield (Julius Garkinkel) a great actor, and a very early example the 'natural acting style' (i.e. method) that was continued with the legacy from Brando to DeNiro-The question is Why. For My students at the Community Colleges John Garfield has no name recognition. As a sociologist, I was curious as to whether the samem was the case for other Bogart, Cagney, and other contract workers at Warner Bros at the time. They did recognized the first 2; Yet they had no recognition of Garfield. He was also the wipping boy for the cultural repression going on in the U.S. at the time. The film does a very good job of demonstrating the interplay between his progressive-liberal politics, his heart condition, and the ultimate destruction of a great actor through political repression. Garfield was no communist. He was a civil libertarian and very patriotic. Given the theatrical world in New York and Hollywood at the time it is no surpirse that his social network included a number of very enlightened actors, directors, and artists who did join The Party typically for a very short time. As for Garfield, in the initial stages of World War 2., he wanted to enlist in the army. Yet because of his heart condition was unable to go to the theatre of war. This documentary is excellent in demonstrating a 'dark' chapter in American history. For the Garfied family and other interested parties - Please contact me if you wish to open a dialogue on a way to reach younger audience with his story.
What a talent! The most under appreciated actor in history. Please show this special more often!
- Craig Brewster
He was a class act of a actor. I enjoyed his war time efforts the most.