Winner '47:
First Saw It:
Gentleman's Agreement
March 1, 2000, on video
Bridesmaids: The Bishop's Wife, Crossfire, Great Expectations, Miracle on 34th Street
My Vote: Crossfire, though I haven't yet seen Great Expectations
Overlooked: Out of the Past, Black Narcissus, Kiss of Death, Ride the Pink Horse


Gentleman's Agreement
First screened in March 2000 / Most recently screened in October 2010
Director: Elia Kazan. Cast: Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Celeste Holm, Anne Revere, Albert Dekker, Sam Jaffe, Dean Stockwell, June Havoc, Jane Wyatt. Screenplay: Moss Hart (based on the novel by Laura Z. Hobson).

Twitter Capsule: Worthy impulse but very dull film; Peck plays lead too safely, but uneasy knot at core of love story works.

Second Capsule: Crash's grandpa. Wide gulf between intention and execution. Some good performances, but patent limitations.

VOR:   The attempt to address anti-Semitism merits some respect, even when the pursuit proves maladroit. Still, without that Best Picture Oscar, this would barely be a curio.



Photo © 1947 20th Century Fox

Not yet reviewed in full. C+


Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Elia Kazan
Best Actress: Dorothy McGuire
Best Actor: Gregory Peck
Best Supporting Actress: Celeste Holm
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Revere
Best Screenplay: Moss Hart
Best Film Editing: Harmon Jones

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director: Elia Kazan
Best Supporting Actress: Celeste Holm
Special Award for Juvenile Performance: Dean Stockwell

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Picture; Best Director (Kazan; also cited for Boomerang!)
National Board of Review: Best Director (Kazan; also cited for Boomerang!)

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