The Life of Emile Zola Review
By Christopher Null
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.
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In Theaters: Saturday 2nd October 1937
Distributed by: MGM Home Entertainment
Production compaines: Warner Bros.
Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Fresh: 15 Rotten: 6
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