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The Life of Emile Zola 1937 123movies

The Life of Emile Zola 1937 123movies

He'll hold you in silence as deep as your emotions!Oct. 02, 1937116 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Fictionalized account of the life of famed French author Emile Zola. As portrayed in the film, he was a penniless writer sharing an apartment in Paris with painter Paul Cezanne when he finally wrote a best-seller, Nana. He has always had difficulty holding onto a job as he is quite outspoken, being warned on several occasions by the public prosecutor that he risks charges if he does not temper his writings. The bulk of the film deals with his involvement in the case of Captain Alfred Dreyfus who was falsely convicted of giving secret military information to the Germans and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devils Island. Antisemitism played an important role in the real-life case but is hardly mentioned in the film. Even after the military found definitive evidence that Dreyfus was innocent, the army decided to cover it up rather than face the scandal of having arbitrarily convicted the wrong man. Zola’s famous letter, J’Accuse (I Accuse), led to his own trial for libel where he was found guilty and forced to flee to England. Dreyfus was eventually exonerated and restored to his military rank.
Plot: Biopic of the famous French writer Emile Zola and his involvement in the Dreyfus Affair.
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May my name be forgotten, if Dreyfus is not innocent.. He is innocent.
In 1937, The Life of Emile Zola was nominated for the largest number of awards, ten. The movie won three including Best Picture. However, sadly and in some ways shamefully, this film has been ridiculed for being dated today, it’s ways and means a little obsolete, and it’s style rather unusual. That is downright unjust! The style which is portrayed in this remarkable seventy year old film is quite conventional. The dialogue is perhaps overwritten, but the powerful story is there, and the story line is enhanced by intelligent dialogue to say the least, as well as, first rate performances by an excellent cast, preferably Paul Muni (giving possibly his best performance) as Emile Zola and supported well by Joseph Schildkraut as Dreyfus. Not to mention, the film is technically excellent. Editing, costuming, lighting – without doubt, and all the production values stand up beautifully even several decades later.

Sure it’s a fictionalized version of the life of the great French writer Emile Zola, however, great fiction can make a great film and that is the case with The Life of Emile Zola. One may forget that this film was released in 1937 when anti-Semitism was again sweeping the continent of Europe, and for that very reason, the word “Jew” is never mentioned and we are only given a short visual reference. To avoid lawsuits from their descendants, only Major Dort and Major Esterhazy names were specifically identified. Others are referred to as the Chief of Staff, the Minister of War, etc. Also, Dreyfus was not freed and restored to rank in 1902, the year of Zola’s death, but in 1906 after being found guilty again in an 1899 retrial. These historical errors can be forgiven, because it’s the films message which stands and given the current climate, the movie’s message is all the more important.

The shifting focus of this film doesn’t make it a frustrating experience for modern viewers. In fact, the film flows quite nicely: struggling writer, gets in trouble for his book, then the film follows Zola’s success as he becomes a powerful force in society. Eventually we get to 1894, where many claim the film to zoom away from its subject, where the film begins to focus on Dreyfus. With that being said, if you sit down to watch The Life of Emile Zola, don’t skip the first third of the movie, because it’s every bit as moving and powerful as the dramatic court scene, most notably in the unforgettable self-defense scene in which Muni delivers an outstanding performance.

Unfortunately, had Muni not won the previous year for another biopic, The Story of Louis Pasteur, he would have received the Oscar for his portrayal of Zola. Muni was not only nominated for an Oscar for this role but also received awards from many critics groups. Today many dismiss the significant talent of Muni (one of films first devoted actors), however, one cannot deny he had a great deal with elevating the art of film acting.

Review By: Ziggy5446 Rating: 8 Date: 2007-02-26
Opulent, well-acted and quite enjoyable…but it’s missing a very important part of the story!
The first quarter of the film is a brief biography of most of the adult life of Zola. That’s because the final portion centers on the last years of Zola’s life and his attempt to gain Dreyfus his release from prison. Dreyfus had been sent to Devil’s Island–convicted of sending French military secrets to foreign powers. Amazingly, when the true perpetrator was learned, the highest officers in the military decided NOT to punish the man responsible and keep Dreyfus in prison so they wouldn’t lose face for convicting the wrong man!!

I really enjoyed “The Life of Emile Zola” though could see that a very important part of the story is missing. I am NOT talking about the film taking a few artistic liberties–I certainly expected that. Instead, I am talking about a deliberate effort by the studio to misrepresent a major part of the story to make it more palatable to the general public. You see, about 3/4 of the movie concerns Zola and the Dreyfus Affair–yet it really makes no real effort to talk about the heart of why Dreyfus was convicted for a crime he clearly did not commit–because he was a convenient scapegoat because he was Jewish. The film BRIEFLY mentions he was Jewish but completely downplays this angle–mostly because I assume they were afraid antisemites in the US and abroad might find this unacceptable. Sadly, it makes this exceptional film just a bit less exceptional.

What I liked about the film was the overall quality of the picture. It was well written, acted and just screams quality. Plus, compared to many other biopics of the era, this one is a little more accurate–as the facts of the story are essentially true (though rearranged and interpreted for dramatic effect). Still, I find it hard to believe it won the Oscar for Best Picture–though I must concede that Paul Muni was exceptional. If I could have picked, I would have given the nod to either “Lost Horizon” or “A Star is Born”.

Review By: MartinHafer Rating: 8 Date: 2011-02-21

Other Information:

Original Title The Life of Emile Zola
Release Date 1937-10-02
Release Year 1937

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 56 min (116 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated Passed
Genre Biography, Drama
Director William Dieterle
Writer Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg
Actors Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut
Country United States
Awards Won 3 Oscars. 8 wins & 7 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory Warner Bros. Studio Laboratory, USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

The Life of Emile Zola 1937 123movies
The Life of Emile Zola 1937 123movies
Original title The Life of Emile Zola
TMDb Rating 6.6 75 votes

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