The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

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The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.

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  • Gloria Holden and Paul Muni in The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
  • Paul Muni in The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
  • "Life of Emile Zola, The" Joseph Schildraut 1937 Warner Bros. **I.V.
  • "Life of Emile Zola, The" Joseph Schildkraut 1937 Warner Bros. **I.V.
  • Gloria Holden and Paul Muni in The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

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6 July 2000 | Erich-13
7
| Fine acting, poor history
I highly recommend "The Life of Emile Zola" for the brilliant performances of Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, and Joseph Schildkraut. (Although I still must admit I'm surprised by Schildkraut's Oscar victory...although he certainly does a good job as Alfred Dreyfus, the role doesn't really give him much opportunity to demonstrate his talents. Dreyfus is not shown in any depth; his role consists almost entirely of protesting his innocence and languishing in prison.)

Strong performances aside, though, I do have some problems with the film. It strikes me as very odd that a film that makes such a big deal about "the truth" is so hesitant at actually depicting it. One of the key issues of the Dreyfus affair, anti-semitism, is never even brought up. The only reference to Dreyfus' Judaism is a passing glimpse on his personnel papers. The filmmakers' reluctance to address such an important part of the story does a disservice to history.

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