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A Gentleman`s Agreement Full Movie

September 8th, 2021

In addition to winning the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Direction, Gentleman`s Agreement was one of Fox`s highest-grossing films of 1947. However, the political character of the film angered the House Un-American Activities Committee, Elia Kazan, Darryl Zanuck, John Garfield and Anne Revere before the commission. Revere refused to testify, and even though Garfield appeared, he refused to “give names.” Both were included in the red channels on Hollywood`s blacklist. Garfield remained on the blacklist for a year, was again called to testify against his wife and died of a heart attack at the age of 39 before his second hearing. Gentleman`s Agreement was generally well received by influential New York Times critic Bosley Crowther. Crowther stated that “every point about the prejudices that Miss Hobson had to make in her book was made with superior illustration and graphic demonstration in the film, so that the momentum of her moral outrage is not only broadened, but strengthened.” But Crowther also said the film shared the novel`s flaws, as “explorations are narrowly limited to the social and professional level of the upper class, of which it is immediately the object.” He also said that the main character`s shock at the scale of anti-Semitism lacked credibility: “It`s an extraordinarily naïve role in careful analysis.” [7] The Bestseller Gentleman`s Agreement was published in Cosmopolitan (Nov. 1946-February 1947) before being published in book form. In an interview with Cosmopolitan in July 1947, author Laura Z said. Hobson: “What was I trying to do with this book? I believe that a woman who wrote to me wrote it in two wonderful sentences. She says, “The bad guys aren`t really scary.

It`s millions of nice people who do and tolerate bad things. I think that`s the heart of what I wanted to say. Hobson noticed that Darryl Zanuck, Fox`s production manager, who made the film his only personal production of 1947, told him that if the film failed to make it to the cinema, it would “push Hollywood back twenty years to honestly address the problem of prejudice.” The film was the first time famous playwright Moss Hart wrote directly for the screen. Director Elia Kazan notes in his autobiography that Jewish leaders from other major film studios held a meeting in which they urged Hart to convince Zanuck not to make the film because they did not want to stir up anti-Semitism. In a March 1947 New York Times article, it was stated: “Some objections [to the film] came from Jews who believe that the image can increase intolerance rather than reduce it, but a much larger proportion of Jewish opinion is approved by the company, according to Zanuck.” In a November 1947 New York Times column, critic Bosley Crowther referred to a rumor that a “well-known Hollywood producer” was trying to convince Hart that the film should not be made, a situation that is reflected in the film itself, when a Jewish industrialist, quoting Crowther, claims, “You can`t write it by existence.

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