The Life of Emile Zola (1937) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by William Dieterle and produced by Hal B. Wallis, Henry Blanke and Jack L. Warner.
Another successful Muni biopic as the French man of the letters who risked his career and freedom to stand up for an unfairly accused man. Muni stars as the French novelist Zola, who rose from scandal to national treasure, and who threw his reputation and rhetorical skill behind Alfred Dreyfus, who had been wrongly accused of treason and sent to Devil's Island. Dieterie had previously directed Muni in the historical dramas The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) and Juarez (1939).
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The Life of Emile Zola was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2000.
Academy Awards 1937 --- Ceremony Number 10 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Paul Muni||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Joseph Schildkraut||Won|
|Best Art Direction||Anton Grot||Nominated|
|Best Director||William Dieterle||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Warner Bros. Studio Music Department, Leo Forbstein, head of department (Score by Max Steiner)||Nominated|
|Best Picture||Warner Bros.||Won|
|Best Writing||Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg||Won|
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)By Beatrice on Oct 13, 2013 From Flickers in Time
The Life of Emile Zola Directed by William Dieterle Written by Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg et al 1937/USA Warner Bros. First viewing #119 of 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die For some reason I was not wowed by this worthy, well-produced biopic. The story covers the life of... Read full article
The Life of Emile ZolaBy Alyson on Jun 15, 2010 From The Best Picture Project
Here’s a quick tip: To get the most out of this film, do not read any sort of quick biography on Emile Zola. ?All you need to know for backup is that he was a writer in France speaking out against oppression in government and society. ?The film should do the rest. We first meet Zola (Paul Muni... Read full article
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?mile Zola:: I shall tell the truth. Because if I did not, my nights would be haunted by the spectre of an innocent man expiating under the most frightful torture a crime he never committed.
?mile Zola:: Why didn't Picquart say anything?
Lucie Dreyfus: Colonel Picquart is a good officer. He kept silent at the request of his superiors.
?mile Zola:: You mean they KNEW and they ordered him to suppress the truth? Why,that's monstrous!
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Bonita Granville (Violet) is in studio records/casting call lists for this movie, but she did not appear or was not identifiable.
The Latin on Zola's mansion's fireplace hearth, seen twice, is "Nulla Dies Sine Linea": "No Day Without a Line".
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