J. Hoberman’s Discussion of “Body and Soul”

Block Cinema’s screening of Body and Soul (1947), a cautionary tale about greed and consumerism, seen through the lens of corruption in the boxing world. John Garfield plays an up-and-coming Jewish boxer who dreams of becoming a champ to raise him out of the crushing poverty of New York’s Lower East Side. According to The New York Times’ columnist and celebrated film critic J. Hoberman, Body and Soul is not only the “reddest movie” Hollywood ever produced, but it is also the most Jewish since the original Jazz Singer. Hoberman gave a post-screening talk entitled “Enterprise Studios: Communist Conspiracy or Jewish Plot?” about John Garfield’s short-lived production company which produced Body and Soul and Force of Evil.

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