The Life of Emile Zola

"Excellent"

The Life of Emile Zola Review


Suprisingly strong period piece, this Oscar winner features Paul Muni as the celebrated French author and crusader Emile Zola, a man who, between writing government-bashing novels, found time to free a wrongfully convicted army officer from prison and exile -- even if he had to be convicted of libel in the process. Muni gets lost in his role and does some amazing work. The film is misleading -- the "life" of Zola is barely touched on; it's his final years and legal skirmishes that get all the screen time -- but that's a wise choice; this look at how screwed up the French legal system is can be harrowing.


The Life of Emile Zola

Facts and Figures

Run time: 116 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 2nd October 1937

Distributed by: MGM Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Warner Bros.

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Fresh: 15 Rotten: 6

IMDB: 7.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

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Starring: as Emile Zola, as Lucie Dreyfus, as Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, as Alexandrine Zola, as Maitre Labori


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