For me, gentleman`s Agreement achieves its goal by confronting the subject to the general public, and it comes home with great success. My late father was Jewish, my late mother was an Episcopalist, and I was raised as an Episcopalist – but I also had a choice. As a child, I had the rare opportunity to decide for myself what I believed or did not believe and whether or not I would accompany my mother to church on Sundays. However, anti-Semitism is not about practicing a religion. As Professor Lieberman (Sam Jaffe) points out in this film, he has no religion. His character is a scientist and an atheist by his own involvement, but he calls himself Jewish because in our imperfect world, he is perceived as such at face value and was born Jewish. My father never had a bar mitzvah and didn`t go to the temple, but when he was a beginner attending one of America`s oldest and most prestigious colleges, he decided to introduce himself as a class officer. He was elected vice-president, but then he decided to go through the hurry, and not a single brotherhood made an offer. What for? My father learned through a friend that his student records indicated that his mother`s maiden name was Siegelbaum. Schneider (my last name too) is a bit ambiguous and quite common, especially in Germany. It may or may not be a Jewish name, so it has been given the benefit of the doubt.
But the seal tree? No doubt. During the school year, my dad went from a Straight-A student to a quick flop. It had a collapse as a result. Their discovery revealed the only thing about him that he couldn`t change: his story, his identity. He couldn`t change who he was. A “gentleman`s agreement” is, by definition, a tacit understanding that Jews are not allowed in certain establishments – such as hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants, entire neighborhoods. or, in the case of my father, houses of fraternity. In other words, without a written law that would be illegal, they are “limited” only to non-Jews.
However, there were ways to go beyond this story; Even the boring surname could be overcome. Contemporary women may feel that by keeping a maiden name, they cling to an identity or publicly declare the equality of the spouse, but Hobson has always done things in their inimitable way, and adopting the last name of his friend, Tom Mount, who lives in Greenwich Village, was their choice. “Laura Mount” had a beautiful sound, the young writer decided, and so her first New York story — a subtle treatment of anti-Semitism in polite society — appeared under that signature in 1932. She wrote eight more books, found an apartment on Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park, moved to the mountain village of Goodman, and sent her boys to Exeter and Harvard, at a time when it refuted the notion of the most harmful “gentleman`s agreements.” Ultimately, love wins – not just Phil and Kathy`s, but love for all, love for equality, and a struggle to stop intolerance, not by turning away from it, but by dealing with it directly. Another actress is worth mentioning here. Celeste Holm gives an intelligent, funny, biting and touching performance in the role of Anne Dettrey, fashion editor of the magazine. She is the “other woman” in Phil`s life, and after making a smart pitch for him, she loses. In many ways, she understands Phil better than Kathy. She`s the victim of bad timing more than anything else, but Holm didn`t leave empty-handed on Oscar night. Her excellent work earned her the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
The gentlemen`s agreement is holding up well today – perhaps a little too well, because the tides of religious tolerance are changing. For this reason, it is a good choice for the best film of the year before many others. The narration of the entire film is done by Olive on a webcam of the day and a voiceover of her telling the story. This gives the narrative a unique modern and personal touch. The narrative is that she returns to everything that the film represents. It starts with his sentence: “Let me start by saying that every story has two sides. That`s my side, the good one. (Simple A) Since it`s told from her point of view, she explains how she felt at first and why she did what she did. Over the course of the film, she divides her narrative into sections of handwritten landmark cards with titles or glimpses of what happened, and cuts off footage of her story to her, who is now sitting on the webcam in her room. He is seen as people who see him online in the movie would see him. This idea of using a webcam brings the narrative to a modern platform. This makes the viewer feel like one of the students who follow them and now watch them live online.
She radiated her plan to be on the webcam as a sexual thing. She knew that in this society it would attract people. Although no one openly admits that they would look except men, because women would be persecuted as much as they would if they did. Once she finishes telling her story, she switches from one character to another and looks at her computer or laptops. It shows how wrong they were when they condemned them, and how bad they feel about it.