Not Rated | | Biography, Drama
The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.
The film was shot in reverse order; Paul Muni grew his own beard for the role, and it was trimmed and darkened as he proceeded to scenes where Zola is younger. His makeup took 3-1/2 hours to apply each morning.
Minister of War:
Books? Books? I don't read books!
Alfred Dreyfuss was sent to the French Penal Colony in French Guiana. A map showing "Devil's Island" places it in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Mexico. Devil's Island was in the Atlantic, off the coast of French Guiana. They missed it by more than 3000 miles.
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