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body and soul
- kevin sellers
As its title implies this is, despite James Wong Howe's great noir-ish cinematography and fine performances from Garfield, Canada Lee, Ann Revere and Lloyd Goff, (all of whom were later shamefully blacklisted!) more a sermon than a cinematic experience, thanks to the heavily moralistic hands of director Robert Rossen who, unlike his star, went in the tank five years later, in DC, and screenwriter Abe Polonsky, who didn't. Give it a B minus.
Body and Soul
Overall-3 1/2 out of 5Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-3/5Director-4/5Score-3/5Screenplay-3/5Cinematography-3/5Importance-2/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-3/5
Charley Davis IS Jewish
- Bob Karam
TCM Notes on BODY AND SOUL state, "Although some modern sources identify Garfield's character, Charley Davis, as Jewish, in the film his character is never identified as such." That is not so. Miss Tedder (Mary Currier) very clearly reads from Anna Davis' (Anne Revere) loan application form, "Race: White. Religion: Jewish. Nationality: American." I believe that knowing Charley to be an American Jew living in that period of world history adds enormously to our sympathizing with his inner conflicts.
Body and Soul (1947)
- Jay Higgins
One of the greatest boxing movies of all time, and John Garfield is at his very best. He gives an incredible performance. Canada Lee also gives an amazing performance in a supporting role. Outstanding cinematography, excellent editing. A truly classic film noir.
The Best Garfeild Film
- richard shevlin
"no doubt this is the best John Garfeild has ever done""a great cast,great script,everything about the movie is GREAT.
one of the best boxing movies of our times....Excellent acting and cinematography.Luved it.
Another Powerful Performance by Garfield
- Eddie Natale
This movie has stood the test of time.It has been re-made several times,and they could`nt come near the original,Great supporting cast.For fans of this genre a must.