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Anti-Semitism Jumps Off the Screen in Elia Kazan's "Gentleman's Agreement"

4 monthes ago   |   By Tablet Magazine

One of the most nuanced conversations about post-war American anti-Semitism came in the form of a film. In 1947 Elia Kazan released Gentleman's Agreement, starring Gregory Peck as a gentile journalist who is assigned to write an article on anti-semitism. After realizing that he will never fully understand this prejudice without experiencing it, Peck adopts the name Greenberg and goes undercover as a Jew in New England's high society in order to expose the truth of anti-Jewish sentiment lurking not-so-far beneath the surface.
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