Phil`s having a hard time starting his mission. He realizes that he can never feel what another person feels, unless he feels it himself. He remembers living “in okie on Route 66” or in minor for previous writings, instead of tapping a man`s shoulder and making him talk. Then he decided to write: “I was Jewish for six months.” The tone of the film in the face of anti-Semitism is not the harsh note of intellectual indignation, but the polite murmur of the argument. The film reduces a serious problem to the dialogue. Backstory: Gentleman`s Agreement (2001) – (on 4) Another good episode in the series, which gives a glimpse of the impression on producer Darryl F. Zanuck when he refused to resign and continued to DO GENTLEMAN`S AGREEMENT. The documentary tells how the other heads of the studio turn their backs on the novel and then ask Zanuck not to produce it because he fears a counter-reaction in Hollywood. From there we learn more about the cast of Gregory Peck, the attitude of Elia Kazan and john Garfield to take on a minor role. The film`s fame and success at movie box office and academy awards are discussed, but post-film events, including the House on UnAmerican Activities, look hollywood and why many think he killed Garfield. Fans of the film should really be entertained with this film, because there really is a great idea of what was going on in the world at the time, and we`re talking about the impact of the film before the country takes a turn for the worse. Kazan`s decision to give names is under discussion, and we have an archival interview with him where he will discuss his decision.
Rudy Behlmer, David Brown, Julie Garfield, Mel Gussow and Celeste Holm are all interviewed about the genesis of the film. The film is awesome and worth seeing. Much of the “message” is lost in a series of words. The atmosphere is as widespread as we would like our butter rationed. It is courageous to say something about a problem in today`s life, and it is open in the proverb. It was staged with a rare understanding of Elia Kazan.