Do not miss this movie. Look past the silences, the stiff upper lips, the slow pace, the long shots, it’s a revolutionary movie. It’s exactly 60 years old this year, and I’ve tried hard to remember a movie that made more poignant or powerful a point. Sure it has flaws, but they’re minor. There are very few things more important that what this film is about, and you won’t easily find a better movie about them.
The 1947 movie is about a journalist (Gregory Peck–phenomenal) who pretends he’s Jewish in order to get the inside story on an article he’s writing about anti-semitism. As he suffers people’s prejudice, relationships around him tense and fall apart, and he’s faced with the greatest choice of every person: in the face of injustice, do you stand up and act or do you sit down and shut up? It’s amazing. Nominated for 8 Academy Awards it won best picture, best supporting actress (Celeste Holm) and best directing (Elia Kazan, who did the unforgettable On the Waterfront, Streetcar Named Desire and East of Eden).
This is CINEMA. Now this is what I call art.