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The Resource The life of Emile Zola, Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. present ; a Warner Bros. picture ; directed by William Dieterle ; screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg ; story by Heinz Herald and Geza Herczeg, (DVD)

The life of Emile Zola, Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. present ; a Warner Bros. picture ; directed by William Dieterle ; screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg ; story by Heinz Herald and Geza Herczeg, (DVD)

Label
The life of Emile Zola
Title
The life of Emile Zola
Statement of responsibility
Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. present ; a Warner Bros. picture ; directed by William Dieterle ; screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg ; story by Heinz Herald and Geza Herczeg
Contributor
Actor
Adapter
Screenwriter
Composer
Director
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
  • fre
  • spa
  • eng
Summary
In 1862 Paris, Emile Zola is barely scratching out a living writing muckraking articles about the poverty of the French people and the corruption of their leaders. Until "Nana," about the life of a prostitute, becomes a smash hit and turns Zola into a celebrity, champion of the people. As he churns out a string of similar books that make him quite rich, his old friend Paul Cezanne tells him "An artist should remain poor." His determined intervention in the Dreyfus Affair, at the request of Dreyfus's wife Lucie, results in "J'accuse!" his famous denunciation of the Army, and leads to a conviction for libel. He flees to England, where he remains until granted amnesty. Unfortunately, he dies before the news that Dreyfus was exonerated and reinstated to full rank can reach him. Indicative of the mores of its time, during the course of this clear story about institutionalized anti-Semitism, the word "Jew" is never mentioned. And while most Hollywood biographies must be taken with a grain--if not a handful--of salt, the film makes a reasonable effort at accuracy and completeness
Member of
Awards note
Winner, 1938 Academy Awards for Best Writing, Screenplay--Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, Norman Reilly Raine; Best Actor in a Supporting Role--Joseph Schildkraut; Best Picture--Warner Bros.
Cataloging source
JBL
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Photography, Tony Gaudio ; film editor, Warren Low ; music, Max Steiner ; art director, Anton Grot ; costumes by Milo Anderson and Ali Hubert
Date time place
Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1937
Dewey number
791.43/72
Intended audience
MPAA Rating: Not rated; Canadian Home Video Rating: Rated G
Language note
In English with optional subtitles in English, French, or Spanish ; closed captioned
LC call number
PN1997
LC item number
.L54 2005
PerformerNote
Paul Muni (Emile Zola), Joseph Schildkraut (Capt. Alfred Dreyfus), Gale Sondergaard (Lucie Dreyfus), Donald Crisp (Maitre Labori), Gloria Holden (Alexandrine Zola), Erin O'Brien-Moore (Nana), Henry O'Neill (Colonel Picquart), Morris Carnovsky (Anatole France), Louis Calhern (Major Dort), John Litel (Charpentier), Ralph Morgan (Commander of Paris), Robert Barrat (Major Walsin-Esterhazy), Vladimir Sokoloff (Paul Cezanne), Harry Davenport (Chief of Staff), Robert Warwick (Major Henry), Charles Richman (M. Delagorgue), Gilbert Emery (Minister of War), Walter Kingsford (Colonel Sandherr), Paul Everton (Asst. Chief of Staff), Montagu Love (M. Cavalgnac), Frank Sheridan (M. Van Cassell), Lumsden Hare (Mr. Richards), Marcia Mae Jones (Helen Richards), Florence Roberts (Madame Zola), Dickie Moore (Pierre Dreyfus), Rolla Gourvitch (Jeanne Dreyfus)
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1893-1972
  • 1895-1971
  • 1888-1964
  • 1895-1967
  • 1895-1964
  • 1899-1985
  • 1880-1974
  • 1908-1991
  • 1902-1979
  • 1891-1961
  • 1895-1956
  • 1892-1972
  • 1883-1956
  • 1889-1970
  • 1889-1962
  • 1866-1949
  • 1878-1965
  • 1870-1940
  • 1875-1945
  • 1881-1958
  • 1868-1948
  • 1877-1943
  • 1869-1943
  • 1875-1964
  • 1861-1940
  • 1925-
  • 1888-1971
  • 1899-1978
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Dieterle, William
  • Raine, Norman Reilly
  • Herald, Heinz
  • Herczeg, Geza
  • Muni, Paul
  • Schildkraut, Joseph
  • Sondergaard, Gale
  • Crisp, Donald
  • Holden, Gloria
  • O'Brien-Moore, Erin
  • O'Neill, Henry
  • Carnovsky, Morris
  • Calhern, Louis
  • Litel, John
  • Morgan, Ralph
  • Barrat, Robert
  • Sokoloff, Vladimir
  • Davenport, Harry
  • Warwick, Robert
  • Richman, Charles
  • Emery, Gilbert
  • Kingsford, Walter
  • Everton, Paul
  • Love, Montagu
  • Sheridan, Frank
  • Hare, Lumsden
  • Jones, Marcia Mae
  • Roberts, Florence
  • Moore, Dick
  • Steiner, Max
  • Josephson, Matthew
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967)
  • Turner Entertainment Co
  • Warner Home Video (Firm)
Runtime
116
Series statement
Best picture collection. Dramas
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Zola, Emile
  • Dreyfus, Alfred
  • Cezanne, Paul
  • France
  • Authors
  • Novelists, French
  • Men
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Trials (Treason)
  • Scandals
  • Politics and literature
  • Antisemitism
  • France
  • France
  • London (England)
  • Paris (France)
  • Josephson, Matthew
  • Films for the hearing impaired
  • Feature films
Target audience
general
Technique
live action
Label
The life of Emile Zola, Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. present ; a Warner Bros. picture ; directed by William Dieterle ; screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg ; story by Heinz Herald and Geza Herczeg, (DVD)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Source material, Matthew Josephson's "Zola and his time."
  • Special features: The littlest diplomat [featurette] (19 min.); Romance Road [featurette] (19 min.); Ain't we got fun [cartoon featurette] (8 min.); 5/8/39 Lux Radio Theater broadcast [audio feature] (59 min.); Theatrical trailer (4 min.)
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Contents
Credits -- Job for Emile -- Official warning -- Injustice all around -- Nana's story -- "Nana's" profits -- "Downfall" -- Defying the censor -- Cezanne's goodbye -- Traitor in their midst -- Arrested for treason -- "I'm innocent!" -- You must survive -- Military maneuvers -- Lucie appeals to Zola -- I accuse -- Inflaming the mob -- On trial -- Picquart testifies -- Written and unspoken -- Intolerance all around -- Let truth conquer -- Another closed case -- Honor of the army -- Homecomings to France -- By force of ideas -- Moment of conscience -- Cast list
Control code
ocm57545711
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Special ed.
Extent
1 videodisc (116 min.)
Isbn
9780790793078
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
012569692527
Other physical details
sd., b&w
Publisher number
66925
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)57545711
System details
DVD; Region 1; Dolby digital mono.; standard presentation preserving the 1.37:1 aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition
Video recording format
DVD
Label
The life of Emile Zola, Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. present ; a Warner Bros. picture ; directed by William Dieterle ; screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg ; story by Heinz Herald and Geza Herczeg, (DVD)
Publication
Note
  • Source material, Matthew Josephson's "Zola and his time."
  • Special features: The littlest diplomat [featurette] (19 min.); Romance Road [featurette] (19 min.); Ain't we got fun [cartoon featurette] (8 min.); 5/8/39 Lux Radio Theater broadcast [audio feature] (59 min.); Theatrical trailer (4 min.)
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Contents
Credits -- Job for Emile -- Official warning -- Injustice all around -- Nana's story -- "Nana's" profits -- "Downfall" -- Defying the censor -- Cezanne's goodbye -- Traitor in their midst -- Arrested for treason -- "I'm innocent!" -- You must survive -- Military maneuvers -- Lucie appeals to Zola -- I accuse -- Inflaming the mob -- On trial -- Picquart testifies -- Written and unspoken -- Intolerance all around -- Let truth conquer -- Another closed case -- Honor of the army -- Homecomings to France -- By force of ideas -- Moment of conscience -- Cast list
Control code
ocm57545711
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Special ed.
Extent
1 videodisc (116 min.)
Isbn
9780790793078
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
012569692527
Other physical details
sd., b&w
Publisher number
66925
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)57545711
System details
DVD; Region 1; Dolby digital mono.; standard presentation preserving the 1.37:1 aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition
Video recording format
DVD

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