Plodding briefly, inaccurately and somewhat risibly through Zola's early career, this solemn biopic improves no end when it gets to its main course: an account of the Dreyfus affair and how the now prosperously ageing Zola rediscovered his youthful ideals in an impassioned fight for justice. Carefully mounted, well directed and acted, but basically the sort of well-meaning pap out of which Oscars are made.
The Life of Emile Zola
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Geza Herczeg, Heinz Herald, Norman Reilly Raine|
Erin O'Brien Moore