Body and Soul (1947)


“He could’ve had the whole world. So he leaned over sideways and grabbed you. ” – Quinn

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Jun 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A boxing champion reflects on how he got to the top despite the fact that he didn’t always follow his instincts in his choices of friends along the journey to the top.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that helped an actor laying a boxer earn an Oscar Best Actor nomination.

Apparently, the Academy always enjoys films featuring the sport due to the difficulties for one to get to the top.

John Garfield does a nice job in the title role as a boxer struggling with finding a way to stay on top despite knowing how much he needed to give up in order to reach the top.

His dealings with how his fights were won and lost, both in the ring and out of it are shown really well and we get a clear idea of how corrupt the system was.

They clearly show us how backroom dealings among businessmen, promoters and gangsters helped let the boxers earn more and more money just for the fights they chose to participate in.

The biggest problem here is the pacing because the story moves along way too slowly and has far to many lulls in the story.

This film might have been even better had it been trimmed a bit and taken out some of the very slow moving scenes.

Ironically tho, due to the way that they film the boxing scenes, this film won an Oscar for Best Editing.

Bottom Line – Garfield does a nice job as a boxer struggling with keeping himself at the top despite the costs of how fights were won and lost behind the scenes at the time. We get a clear picture of the backroom dealings that many fighters would partake in while attempting to get more and more money from the fights they participate in. The story itself moves along a bit too slowly and hits a few boring points along the way.  It might have been better if it had been a bit shorter.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –To get a more fluid camera movement in the boxing ring, cinematographer James Wong Howe filmed the fight while holding the camera and being pushed by an assistant as he wore roller skates. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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