Body and Soul (1947)

Fast money, faster fists.

Slugging it out with rivals in the ring and slime-dripping hustlers out of it, John Garfield faces a crisis of conscience in one of the best boxing flicks to hit movie screens.

Shot in smoky black and white by cinematographer James Wong Howe, our hero, a mass of cuts, welts, and hurt pride, staggers ever forward against forces which would crush him without a second thought.

Like Raging Bull years later, Body and Soul is a relentless study of a man only at peace when he’s brawling.

And, even then, the peace is a tenuous one.

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