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Starring Paul Muni & Gloria Holden
Film magnifique! C’est un film épique rempli de vérité au coeur. Paul Muni donne une exécution merveilleuse comme Emile Zola.
And now in English. I was just carried away into the Parisian life and the world of Babelfish; veuillez m’excuser. What I said was this is a magnificent film. This is an epic film with truth at the centre. Paul Muni gives a fantastic performance as Emile Zola.
The Life of Emile Zola is based on a true story. Emile Zola was a famous french author and all ’round trouble maker. His passion for justice drives him to shed light on the dirty secrets of French society. And the people are not happy. At least the people in power. The film is loosely based on his life, his trials (literally) and his dedication to liberating his beloved France from the tyranny of corrupt officials.
True stories are the bomb! They are simultaneously a pleasure and an education. Like exercising the brain without knowing it! I loved Zola’s passion, humility and compassion. He is a loveable character; a powerful and intelligent Santa Claus. This movie walks you through his early life with painter Cezanne, when times were tough, to the later more prosperous years when he had earned his voice and used it at his own peril, to bring justice, even if it was for one person. That person was Alfred Dreyfus, an Army Captain unfairly convicted of treason. He is deported to the terrifying Devils Island. Years later his wife begs Zola to take up his cause to set him free for the sake of an honest and free France.
The production of The Life of Emile Zola is impressive. I loved the writing, acting and the story overall. The performances, thankfully, lacked the melodrama of past Oscar winners. This is a noble story; a timeless one that will inspire you to fight for justice against all the odds. Though it didn’t span continents or large periods of time, this is an epic film full of courage, despair, corruption and ultimately, victory. Viva la France!!!!
The Life of Emile Zola Trivia:
If you have trouble finding this film, look on ebay. You can get it for a song! Make mine Francais!!
For the next film, prepare your sides to be sore. Yes, I’m talking comedy. You Can’t Take it With You (1938) stars Lionel Barrymore and James Stewart. Let’s see if it can make us LOL!