Body & Soul

Body & Soul

DVD - 2014
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A young boxer fights his way unscrupulously to the top, becoming involved with the mob, and loses his self-respect.
Publisher: [United States] :, Olive Films,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©1947
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC BOD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 minutes) :,sound, black and white ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
Alternative Title: Body and soul

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richmole
May 10, 2019

Big movie back in the day.
And what "day" was that?
1947.

So, get expectations in line. Sure: the movie got at least 3 Oscar nominations, and won one (editing). Based what I saw, it didn't deserve that one: a really sloppy edit during a scene in a pool hall/bar, early in the movie. Curious? Watch William Conrad (radio's Matt Dillon; TVs "Cannon") standing at the bar. Watch his hands... Can't believe they let that one go.

This was a year--there are many--when "Oscar" lost its mind. This is a B movie. Another B movie received even more nominations, including Best Picture. That one--Cross Fire--tapped into America's conscience. It was about anti-semitism, see, and people had recently discovered all the horrors of Nazi concentration camps. The Best Picture that year (Gentleman's Agreement) had the same theme. Academy Awards are like that, sometimes.

Body and Soul also was nominated in Best Original Screenplay (Cliched, by today's standards and--who knows?--maybe by 19487 standards, too.) The winner was likely much more enjoyable, the Cary Grant comedy, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (ie.: teenager) John Garfield (who was ALSO in Gentleman's Agreement) was a nominee for Best Actor here as the boxer-on-the-take who "comes clean" at the end. His performance: decent.

Notable--but unrecognized--camera-work from cinematographer James Wong Howe, who eventually had 10 nominations and 2 Oscars to his credit. One of the best things about this ho-hum movie.

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Derringer
Apr 10, 2019

Released back in 1947 - "Body and Soul" (filmed in stark b&w) is the quintessential boxing film, guaranteed to more than just please any fan of the genre.

It really amazes me that John Garfield (one of the best actors of the 1940s) didn't win an Oscar for his superb portrayal of Charley Davis (though he did receive a nomination that year in the "Best Actor" category).

"Body and Soul" is an allegorical work that covers everything from the importance of personal honor to corruption in politics. With the seductive lure of money (and how it can derail even a strong, common man in his pursuit of success) Charley Davis must learn the hard way that self-respect is a much more important prize to possess rather than that of winning in the ring.

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Earlgrey454
Dec 30, 2018

I have no interest in boxing, but I enjoyed this film anyway. Of course, it's about much more than just boxing. Much of it is predictable, but it still works. And with the stunning Hazel Brooks in one of the few films she was in.

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garycornell
Aug 24, 2014

Director Robert Rossen may have made his best film with "Body and Glory". John Garfield plays Charley Davis who is an up and coming boxing star. He is great in the part and has the help of the great cinematographer James Wong Howe to film the fight scenes. These fight scenes are so real that you feel for Garfield receiving such jarring blows. There have been many fight films, but for realism, this is the place to stop. A great movie that no sport fan of boxing should miss.!

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ManMachine
Jul 18, 2013

"Body And Soul" packs a real wallop._____ After seeing so many other boxing films, including Raging Bull and Rocky, it's the adrenaline-charged Body And Soul with all of its grit, glory and gut-felt energy that wins, hands-down._____ Body And Soul stars dynamite-actor John Garfield who literally busts his guts in his role as Charley Davis, the fighter who'll do almost anything to get to the top - And so he does with tragic results._____ Released in 1947 - Body And Soul is, without a doubt, an absolutely gripping Drama, overflowing, from start to finish, with stark heart-felt realism. The performances in this film are nothing short of riveting and the sensational fight scenes are a sight to behold._____ When it comes to a film like Body And Soul - They sure don't make 'em like this one anymore.

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