Landmark Films That Confront Racism In The U.S.

Written by Mark Rausch

The Believer

This small film does not deserve to have fallen through the cracks. Ryan Gosling’s first major performance as a modern-day neo-Nazi is like watching a terrifying creature attempt to nurse its own wounds. He plays Danny Balint, a fictional character in a fictional story based on Dan Burros, a real-life American Jew who was a member of both the American Nazi Party and the K.K.K. Burros committed suicide in 1965, apparently after a New York Times reporter did a front-page expose about his undeniably Jewish background. Gosling rages and spittles with hate, exploring through his brilliant performance the dark truths of why people choose bigotry and intolerance over being nice.