Sujet hautement brûlant voire tabou, aux States comme partout ailleurs, accusateur et dénonciateur de la médiocrité larvée de bien de nos affables concitoyens, qui valut à Elia Kazan, malgré une réalisation plutôt fort moyenne, un notable triomphe aux Oscars de l'année 1947... www.cinefiches.com
In today's day and age Elia Kazan's "Gentleman's Agreement" feels poignant and relevant. The message itself is still sadly very timely. However, I can't say the same for the movie itself. The whole film feels just so stilted and dated. Peck is good in the movie, but I couldn't help but feel that it is the same type of stoic role we always see him in. I just couldn't connect to the story or any of the characters.
Talking about that cutie Dean Stockwell: "You've only assured him he's the most wonderful of all creatures -- a white Christian American. You instantly gave him that lovely taste of superiority, the poison that millions drop into the minds of their children." Ironic that Revere and Garfield, whose characters fight the good fight in this film, became victims of Hollywood's shameful blacklist. Holmes is awesome.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. Peck's character was a solemn, touchy and pious dick, not worth navigating through a mine field to engage. I would've loved to have seen this end with both Jews and gentiles hating Peck's character but I lost interest before I got halfway through. Points to John Garfield and Celeste Holm's characters/performances but beyond that I don't really care aside from its ultimate message.
I'm not used to getting hit over the head by brilliance this quickly or hard. I'm not used to it. Fuck you Elia Kazan, fuck you, you are too talented, your films are too timely and perfect rendered. I don't know what you guys are talking about. This film is not dated or preachy. Anti-semitism is still alive and well today-- imagine what it was like in 1940's America. Shit was rough. This movie had balls. (9.7/10)
The book is excellent. It's hard to find nowadays...the film is pretty good, typical of Kazan and Hollywood, full of lofty speeches and the great white American male (of course Gregory Peck)...so while a bit annoyingly typical, still kind of interesting and inspiring. Laura Hobson's book is much more complex and doesn't have the typical characters like the film. Book also has an intriguing undercurrent of feminism