Theme Of Gentleman`s Agreement

Although Kathy seems to have liberal views when he reveals what he intends to do, she is surprised and asks if he is really Jewish. The burden of her relationship with Kathy`s subtle tolerance for bigotry becomes a central topic in the film. Not only are the basic elements of Hobson`s work preserved, but in some cases they retain a larger dimension and greater plausibility. This applies to adaptation, staging and performances. Thus, the first meeting between Phil Green and Kathy is more understandable on the screen than on the printed page. Similarly, the couple`s other scenes, especially the initial love scene, dramatize their irresistible reciprocal physical attraction that overcomes their violent philosophical differences. It is about the anti-Semitism of prosperous post-war America and the insidious way in which Jews were excluded from high-level social clubs, resorts and, of course, jobs. There have been no official bans, just a nod and a nod and a “gentleman`s agreement” between nice conservatives they know the kind of people they want to be associated with. This is the kind of everyday prejudice that Groucho Marx elegantly dismissed with his joke that he did not want to join a club that would have him as a member. The image is memorable for many other live and drifting passages. For example, when Green tries to explain anti-Semitism to his innocent grandson, the urgent subject of the image virtually marks the viewer at once.

Other unforgettable moments are when the boy tells his father, To be mocked by his playmates, Phil`s childish terror about his mother`s heart attack, Kathy`s reaction, when Phil reveals “the angle” for his magazine series, Phil`s helpless anger in the “restricted” resort, the scene with Anne and the unconscious bigote in the cocktail bar , Dave`s silent account of the Jewish soldier`s death and Dave`s conversation with Kathy about his passive disapproval of anti-anti-fighting “nices.” The elephant in the room, of course, is the Holocaust. It is not mentioned, although it has been done recently. Phil seriously tells his broad-eyed little boy that anti-Semitism is a kind of religious prejudice like anti-Catholicism, and it is perhaps understandable that he does not want to overwhelm his son from the Holocaust. But he never tells his mother or his colleagues. Perhaps it is because he and the film cannot quite absorb the terrible onabsorber paradox, that the United States went to war to defeat Hitler and that American troops liberated a number of camps – while feeding them abominable anti-Semites. Putting Dave in an army uniform is the film`s coded way of saying all that. The best Jewish friend in army uniform is the silent rhetoric of the film. Gentleman`s Agreement is a 1947 novel by Laura Z.

Hobson that studied the problem of anti-Semitism in the United States, what the New York Times in a contemporary review as “a story of emotional disorder that occurs in a man who chooses to get a magazine article to tell people that he is Jewish and who lives firsthand. as a result of the shock and pain of discrimination and social snubs. [1] Phil Green is a respected investigative journalist. He moved to New York after accepting a contract to write a detailed article for a magazine. The article is about anti-Semitism and is very current, because there is a lot of prejudice against Jews in the United States at the time. However, this is not a new topic and Phil`s editor wants him to approach the subject in an original way. After much brainstorming, Phil decides to pose as a Jew to experience the prejudice up close.