Kehr Capsule of the Week: Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

A journalist (arch-WASP Gregory Peck) passes as a Jew to get the inside story on anti-Semitism in America. A product of the dawning era of Hollywood’s social consciousness (1947), it earned three self-congratulatory Academy Awards — best picture, best director (Elia Kazan), and best supporting actress (Celeste Holm) — though it looks pretty timorous now. With Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, June Havoc, and Albert Dekker. 118 min.


Martin Scorsese’s Elia Kazan documentary free online

Looks like a must-see if, like me, your appreciation of Kazan is thin or spotty. Thanks to director Joe Dante for the scoop.

Interesting side note: this was co-directed by Kent Jones, the noted critic who stopped posting on Dave Kehr’s blog due apparently to hostility in the very same comments section where Mr. Dante shares the link above.