May 03, 2006
Groundbreaking films, like Gentle-man's Agreement, discussing issues that have been hidden, but exist, are interesting to me. The Man Who Came to Dinner is another movie of that kind. This week I took a look at Crossfire, made in 1947, right after World War II when people in America were still reeling about the revelations of Nazi atrocities against civilians — which occurred in Europe and which horrors were based on racism and called the Holocaust.
What makes Crossfire so interesting is that it is about one murder based on that same racial prejudice and that murder takes place in America, where a Jewish man (Sam Levine) is beaten to death by a soldier (Robert Ryan) and the crime is investigated by a detective (Robert Young). The film also stars a young Bob Mitchum. The devastating results that happen with hatred against groups, we see, spills over into hatred of other groups, other people who are "different." The movie is worth going to the video store to order or else you can get the DVD on Netflix as I did. Four tennis balls for this movie.
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