The Life of Emile Zola

Starring: Paul Muni Director: William Dieterle
The Life of Emile Zola
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
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  • Originally Released: 1937
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • O-Sleeve
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1937 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Geza Herczeg, Heinz Herald & Norman Reilly Raine
Academy Awards 1937 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1937 - Best Supporting Actor: Joseph Schildkraut

Plot Synopsis:

Second in the series of William Dieterle's Warners biopics, THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA stars Paul Muni as the title character. It opens as the writer and impassioned social activist, who shares a garret with Paul Cezanne, struggles against a censorious society to get his controversial work published. He makes his name exposing the wretched conditions of the lower classes but plunges into the battle of his life, defending the innocence of scapegoat Captain Dreyfus, who had been railroaded into exile on Devil's Island by the anti-Semitism of the French military.

Plot Keywords:

Injustice | Writers

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: October 2, 1937.
  • Although a key reason for Captain Dreyfus's persecution by the French army was that he was Jewish, the word "Jewish" is never used in the film.
  • The story of the Dreyfus trial was told again in 1958's I ACCUSE!, which starred José Ferrer as Dreyfus and Emlyn Williams as Zola.
  • THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2000.

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 9,628
  • UPC: 883929002504
  • Shipping Weight: 0.23/lbs (approx)
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