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Gentleman's Agreement (21 Oct. 2001)

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Darryl F. Zanuck ignores the protests of his peers and makes a movie about antisemitism called Gentleman's Agreement (1947).

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Darryl F. Zanuck ignores the protests of his peers and makes a movie about antisemitism called Gentleman's Agreement (1947).

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Good Look at the Controversial Classic
28 March 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Backstory: Gentleman's Agreement (2001)

*** (out of 4)

Another good episode in the series, this one taking a look at the pressure on producer Darryl F. Zanuck as he refused to back down and went ahead on making GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT. The documentary talks about the other studio heads turning their backs on the novel and then begging Zanuck not to produce it fearing a backlash on Hollywood. From here we learn about the casting of Gregory Peck, hiring Elia Kazan and getting John Garfield to accept a smaller, supporting role. The film's glory and success at the box office and Academy Awards are discussed but so are the events following the movie including the House on UnAmerican Activities look at Hollywood and why many believe it killed Garfield. Fans of the film should be really entertained at this film because it really gives one a great idea of what was going on in the world at the time and there's talk about what impact the film did have before the country took a turn for the worse. Kazan's decision to name names is discussed and we get an archival interview with him where he talks about his decision. Rudy Behlmer, David Brown, Julie Garfield, Mel Gussow and Celeste Holm are all interviewed about the making of the movie.


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