The words sound clear from the Mayfair screen and there is no doubt about their meaning. They do not get lost in the wind, but hit you fully in the face, so that you sit down and take note of the strength behind them. It is courageous to say something about a problem in life today, and he is open in the proverb about it. It was led with rare understanding by Elia Kazan. The film is now as powerful as it was when it won the Oscar for Best Picture a few years after Hitler`s genocide in Europe. Here is a great and moving film – the best that comes from an American studio in a few years. The film is always great and very interesting to see. In the end (supported by a heavy farewell shot), human drama seems as powerful as morality. Much of the « message » is lost in a large number of words. The atmosphere is as dense as we would like to have our butter rationed. Thanks to unanswered standards, gentleman`s agreement is not a success. It`s more of a treatise than a play, and it has the flaws of cross-hunting.
Gentleman`s Agreement is the kind of film that contains the usual drama of a Zanuck film, but the subject is what makes the film so revolutionary. It doesn`t live up to its subject on occasion – and is perhaps more of an « important » film than a « big » one – but the performances of Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire are excellent. Gentleman`s Agreement still acts as an intelligent, striking and captivating drama, and although times have changed since 1947, the subject he handles with such courage remains topical and relevant to this day. The film`s tone in the face of anti-Semitism is not the harsh note of intellectual indignation, but the polite murmur of arguments. .