Letter to the Movie-Makers:
The Film Drama as a Social Force
We see by the papers that Hollywood is to give us a cycle of movies on anti-Semitism. This is exciting news. At last we are to have the fabulous magic of the film, the influence of its stars on the millions, its infinite technical resources, marshalled against this insidious social threat.
Crossfire, the first serious film on the subject, with an outspoken message attacking anti-Semitism, has now appeared, and we are to have Gentleman’s Agreement, Focus, a still-untitled film built around a Gerald L.K. Smith type of demagogue, and probably others.
We have seen Crossfire. The film is palpably sincere; its producer is to our knowledge both earnest and intelligent. Yet the film raises certain serious questions which prompt this letter.
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