Body and Soul is pure genius. Money is basically the central theme of this film. Charlie (John Garfield) is a successful amateur boxer, but in order to box professionally he must cooperate with various promoters involved with corruption and fixed-fights. Charlie’s morals do not disagree with these practices and at one point in the film he states, ” It doesn’t matter if they ant to buy my arem-its my arm to sell”. Meanwhile, Charlie’s mother (Anna Revere) Is determined to teach Charlie the importance of Jewish values of education, of modesty and family values. The moralistic plot pays much regard to the dangers and seduction of money, spun out with rabbinical details. In one scene during a heated discussion with his mother, Charlie and his mother go on to shout back and fourth, ” Charlie: I want money. Do you understand? Money! Mother: I forbid that. Better for you to b uy a gun and shoot yourself. Charlie: You need money to buy a gun.” While most of the dialogue is quite hasty in cadence and banter it still comes off to be extremely profound. Towards the end of the film, a grocer speaks in Yiddish and goes on to tell Charlie’s mother, ” Over in Europe the Nazis are killing people like us just because of their religion, but here, Charlie Davis is a champion. The representation of the Jewish culture had never really been used in Hollywood prior to Body & Soul; the word Holocaust had never been used in a Hollywood film prior to Body & Soul. The cinematography techniques were good enough to win an Academy Award with a mosaic of flashbacks, out-of-focus shots and p.o.v. action sequences that would enhance the films narrative dramatically. Integrity, was ultimately the model used for this story. The minority group studied was that of the Jewish culture and the moral values held sacred within a culture. The story holds a firm stance on the assimilation of the times and how the real fight was ultimately, doing the right thing.