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The Scroll

No. 85: Gentleman’s Agreement

An understated American classic

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1947, dir. Elia Kazan. The most notable thing about this morality play about a journalist pretending to be a Jew in order to expose genteel American anti-Semitism in the late 1940s is that the film is set in the late 1940s and not a single mention is made of those historical events, you know, just a few years before, that were sort of important for Jews. Still: a Jewish Gregory Peck? Dayenu.

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alottadreck says:

Number 1. Peck did not play a Jew he played a gentile that figured with the name Green he could be taken for a Jew if he said he was!!!…and it worked!!!
2. The most notable thing about the movie is the great John Garfield playing basically himself (in one of the few FIRST CLASS Productions he was in) and letting you feel real anti-Semitism up close.
3. Peck gave you a great look at the WASPS who felt it necessary to look down on the Jews.
4. I don’t think any other movie has even attempted what this movie did….THanks to the Greek Kazan!!!!


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No. 85: Gentleman’s Agreement

An understated American classic

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