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Gentleman's Agreement [DVD] [1947]

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Celeste Holm, June Havoc
  • Directors: Elia Kazan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009TR7EWW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,220 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Elia Kazan's Oscar-winning conscience-raiser was the first Hollywood film to take anti-Semitism as its central theme. Journalist Phil Green (Gregory Peck) is researching a piece on discrimination against Jews. Dissatisfied with his efforts, Green decides to masquerade as a Jew in order to build up first-hand experience of prejudice. As well as Academy recognition for the film and director, Celeste Holm carried home an Oscar for her supporting role.

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Gentleman's Agreement was the 1947 winner of 3 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Celeste Holm), and Best Director (Elia Kazan). Adapted from Laura Z. Hobson's best-selling book, this post-World War II classic caused a sensation through its confrontation of religious prejudice.
Gregory Peck plays the part of a renowned journalist who takes a daring and provocative approach to writing a series about post-War anti-Semitism in America for a national magazine. Whilst the plot includes some heavy-handed moralising and the dialogue can at times be condescending in its sermonising, these approaches are both necessary in exposing the hypocrisy of those who profess condemnation of prejudice in general, and anti-Semitism in particular, but unwittingly uphold it through their failure to actively stand against it.
Apart from its necessary and commendable primary theme, I love this film for its snappy 1940's New York parlance; the subplot love triangle between Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, and Celeste Holm; the childhood and ex-army comradeship between Peck and John Garfield, and the lost etiquette of romance contemporary to the era.
The original theatrical trailer included in the special features is really charming as it is in the style of a Movietone newsreel. Also included are a gallery of cast stills and subtitles in 10 languages as well as English for the hearing-impaired.
Still an excellent film and a must-have for your classics collection. Buy it!
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For those who have never experienced the effects of racism it must be difficult to comprehend what that does to a person. This film involves a magazine writer Philip Schuyler Green - played by Gregory Peck - who poses as a Jewish man to find out how people will react. He does this because he has been assigned to write a series of articles on anti-semitism. The way ordinary people react to Green shocks him to the core and underlines the deeply rooted racism against Jews which was present at that time. The most moving scene in the film for me is when Green is confronted by outright racism in a hotel. Director Elia Kazan and producer Darryl F Zanuck took a great risk producing this film and they did so against a backdrop of other well know Jewish film-makers pleading with them not to make it, because they knew the furore that it would produce. In the event Gentlemans Agreement was a hugely successful film and went on to take three Oscars. Gregory Peck paid heavily for his involvement in this film because he was blackballed by one establishment after another for the next twenty years. Gentleman's Agreement is a very powerful film which has not lost any of it’s impact in the past five decades.
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I read, from also pro reviewers, that this movie is not felt as it did back when it was released, as the problem of antisemitism is not as strong as it was before. Or maybe it isn't considered existing anymore. Hmmm, okay. Well, I must say, I really felt this movie very, very hard. Racial prejudice is still around, whether is against Jews or blacks or any other kind of people that are considered "different". So, whether I felt the pain of the Jews, or the pain of racial situation as a whole, I don't know. But it really hit me hard. I remember that I even started to cry so very hard after finishing the movie. Living in Italy, you can say that all the people are like Dorothy McGuire's character - and I didn't realize it until I saw this movie. It was a real eye opener. For me at least. It's a real masterpiece and I'd suggest it to anyone. The performances are all great, so maybe you'll understand the characters and the movie even just by the strong performances made by these great actors. Not just by the story and the theme itself.
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Critics have disparaged this screen portrayal of anti-Semitism in America (adapted from Laura Z. Hobson's novel) as "simplistic" and "now dated", but it had a tremendous impact in its time and some of its lessons remain valid today. For one thing, none of Hollywood's Jewish movie moguls wanted any part in such a film and the man who had the courage to produce it was Darryl F. Zanuck, a non-Jew. Times have changed, of course, and so have the movie makers. I thoroughly recommend Gentleman's Agreement to unprejudiced viewers of any and every religion.
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The star of this film is the late Gregory Peck this film is like another one he made To kill a mockingbird in which he won a lot of awards, in that film he was a small town lawyer on the side of a coloured man accused of raping a white girl, in this film he is fighting for the jews of the area.
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You won't find a black person in the entire movie and yet this is from the great radical Twentieth Century Fox. There isn't even a mention of the holocaust as a launch for the protagonists interest in anti-semitism probably because the message that nice people allowing racist jokes and not standing up to anti-semitism leads to gas chambers and the holocaust.

Yet you have to look to the context of film making at the time and the readiness, or lack of it, of American audiences to watch movies on these themes to understand the radicalism of the movie in 1947.

The nice people who are condemned in this movie would be the nice people who made up its audiences. To make this film a success and make the audience challenge itself was quite a feat because this was not designed to be a gritty movie that nobody watched but a movie that would draw large audiences. Make the film harder and yo miss losing the audience you want to reach.

From this film must be seen the near beginning of films such as Guess Who's comint to Dinner which essentially covered the same issue but in one person's family, Heat of the Night, Mississippi Burning and In America. WEll done Twentieth Century Fox for starting the journey.

Incidentally, Gregory Peck was blackballed for evert country club he ever applied for as a direct result of challenging country club racism in this movie.

A good film, well directed with an outstanding cast.
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