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The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

116 min - Drama - 2 October 1937
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After struggling to establish himself, author Emile Zola (Paul Muni) wins success writing about the unsavory side of Paris and settles into a comfortable upper-class life. However, Zola's complacency is shaken when Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus (Joseph Schildkraut) is imprisoned for being a spy. Realizing that Dreyfus is an innocent victim of anti-Semitism, Zola boldly pens a newspaper article exposing the truth, is charged with libel and must defend himself in a dramatic courtroom testimony.

Director:  William Dieterle
Stars:  Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Holden, Donald Crisp, Erin O'Brien-Moore, John Litel, Henry O'Neill, Morris Carnovsky, Louis Calhern, Ralph Morgan, Robert Barrat, Vladimir Sokoloff, Grant Mitchell, Harry Davenport

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After struggling to establish himself, author Emile Zola (Paul Muni) wins success writing about the unsavory side of Paris and settles into a comfortable upper-class life. However, Zola's complacency is shaken when Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus (Joseph Schildkraut) is imprisoned for being a spy. Realizing that Dreyfus is an innocent victim of anti-Semitism, Zola boldly pens a newspaper article exposing the truth, is charged with libel and must defend himself in a dramatic courtroom testimony.



Tagline: He'll Hold You In Silence As Deep As Your Emotions !

Genres: Drama

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Country:   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  2 October 1937

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Company Credits

Production Companies:  Warner Bros.

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 56 min

Academy Award Nominations

ACTOR — Paul Muni {“Emile Zola”}
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Joseph Schildkraut {“Captain Alfred Dreyfus”} – WON
ART DIRECTION — Anton Grot
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR — Russ Saunders
DIRECTING — William Dieterle
MUSIC (Scoring) — Warner Bros. Studio Music Department, Leo Forbstein, head of department (Score by Max Steiner)
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION — Warner Bros. – WON
SOUND RECORDING — Warner Bros. Studio Sound Department, Nathan Levinson, Sound Director
WRITING (Original Story) — Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg
WRITING (Screenplay) — Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg – WON


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