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Consider the Times this Film Was Made
- Kathleen O'Brien
Consider the times in which this film was made. Anti-Semitism was completely accepted. Even in the 80's when we bought a home in a Darien-type New England town, agents screened out Jewish people (which we didn't know until we moved in. Very repressive place.) Actually I read the studio considered not releasing it because of the reaction.I too wonder why this film is so rarely if ever shown on TCM and why it's not featured in the pre-Oscar lineup, particularly given some of the ghastly films being shown in that regard (last night's with Elizabeth Hartman and Geraldine Page was one of the worst films I have ever seen, although I admit I didn't get through it) "Gentlemen's Agreement" won Best Picture and Celeste Holm won Best Supporting Actress. This film was written by Moss Hart, one of the finest. It should be shown and often. WHY NOT?Finally, I read the book and this film is totally true to the story. Loaded with talent and reality. The film's focus was to take on bigotry among the "nice" people. It couldn't do everything, but it's focus was very well-done.Kathleen
- Carol Parise
One of Gregory Peck's best... I don't know why it doesn't get scheduled for more air time than it rarely does.
- Dashiell Barnes
This is an essential film for the fans of Elia Kazan. The story is more tamed today, but it still explores the major issues of anti- semitism & responding to prejudice. The entire cast give sincere performances, although I thought Garfield gave too brief a performance. All in all, a good film. I give it a 3.5/5.
Jews are people too, but we still hate blacks
- Erik Wagner
Having won over "Miracle on 34th Street", "The Bishop's Wife" and "Great Expectations" is just dumb. Any of those would have been better picks; "Miracle" would be mine, 'cause I love Maureen O'Hara and believing in Santa. ("Crossfire" was nominated too, but I haven't seen that). It won, not because it was a great film but because it was touching on important social issues, racism and bigotry. Audiences of the day must have felt this was groundbreaking; it was shocking how Jews couldn't get into country clubs. Thank god we've come so far. It really is amazing how, in 20 years, it went from dribble like this to "Raisin in the Sun" and "In the Heat of the Night". We are just two years after WWII, so perhaps the horror of the Holocaust made Jewish culture the Africa of today in some weird way. And you feel that they really are trying, though with the heaviest hammer they could find. But in the background is constant repression of women and blacks; it's hard to focus on what's in the foreground. There are some real nice moments, basically all the scenes between Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire, two kick-ass actors, but the script is so expected and contrived today. You feel the attempt, but it would never actually move anyone in the right direction today.
Um filme sensacional que trata do preconceito e da intolerncia e vai nas profundezas da ignorncia humana. Um excelente filme que deveria ser exibido mais vezes no TCM.
- Steve Brook
A well-intentioned movie which makes some good points. It was made just two years after the Holocaust ended, BUT there was not even a hint in the movie that around six million Jews had recently been murdered. And one of the key characters, John Garfield, played a Jewish GI!
Gregory Peck Takes on Anti-Semitism
Gregory Peck plays a reporter assigned to do a story on anti-semitism in the US. At first he's reluctant to do it since has can't think of a new angle to broach the subject. But, then, he decides to pretend to be Jewish, like an anthropologist doing participant-observer ethnography, only he's doing it as an investigative journalist. He's stunned to find out that his own finacee's upper class family lives by what's called a "gentleman's agreement" to keep people of the Jewish faith out of spaces where the dominant Christian people work, play and live. As a journalist who's undercover as Jewish, he experiences first hand Christian supremacism, most especially by people in the upper classes of US society. One of his friends is Jewish (John Garfield). He helps him comprehend the fuller impact of what it is to live as a Jew in the US being oppressed individually, socially and institionally by anti-semites who are in denile that they are prejudice or practicing discrimination. In fact, they are clueless.