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Director: William Dieterle     Starring: Paul Muni
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40701362
UPC: 012569692527
UPC 14: 00012569692527
Category Keywords: Injustice  Writers
Rating: NR
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The biopic of the famous french muckracking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the dreyfuss affair.
Editor's Note
Paul Muni stars as Emile Zola, giving possibly his best performance in this excellent biography of the great writer, which won three Oscars, including Best Picture. The film's most unusual aspect is its evasiveness regarding the anti-Semitism that led to the terrible injustice of the Dreyfus affair. As Neil Gabler and others have pointed out, this can probably be attributed to the reluctance of the Jewish studio moguls to incur the ire of a society in which they still didn't feel entirely accepted. The film tracks Zola's early years, including his friendship with Paul Cezanne (Vladimir Sokoloff), and his uphill battle to expose in print the social ills that plagued France's lower classes. When success arrives with the publication of NANA, he garners an audience that can appreciate his exposés of the corruption of the nation's government, military, and business community. But it's in the Herculean effort to clear Captain Dreyfus (Joseph Schildkraut), a victim of anti-Semitism who had been framed on charges of military espionage and sent to Devil's Island, that Zola reveals in full force the tremendous courage that undergirded his achievment. High production values, an excellent cast, and an intelligent script all add to the film's extraordinary quality.


Video Features DVD, Mono Audio, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/1/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 116 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1937
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 66925
Video UPC UPC: 00012569692527
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gale Sondergaard
Video Cast Info Gloria Holden
Video Cast Info Joseph Schildkraut
Video Cast Info Paul Muni
Video Cast Info Heinz Herald, et al. - Story By
Video Cast Info Henry Blanke, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Matthew Josephson - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Max Steiner - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Norman Reilly Raine, et al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Tony Gaudio - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info William S. Dieterle - Director
Plot Summary
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.


Oscar (1938)
Video Award Name Henry Blanke, Winner, Best Picture
Video Award Name Joseph Schildkraut, Winner, Best Supporting Actor
Video Award Name Heinz Herald, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay
   Video Award Name Paul Muni, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name William Dieterle, Nominee, Best Director

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Muni,Paul
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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