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J'accuse! (1919)

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The story of two men, one married, the other the lover of the other's wife, who meet in the trenches of the First World War, and how their tale becomes a microcosm for the horrors of war.



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The story of two men, one married, the other the lover of the other's wife, who meet in the trenches of the First World War, and how their tale becomes a microcosm for the horrors of war. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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25 April 1919 (France)  »

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Filmed in part on the battlefield of St. Mihiel, during battle. See more »


Title Card: Chance does not like secrets.
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Referenced in Island of Lost Souls (1932) See more »

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No War!

In connection with the showing at this German Count's private cinema of the film "Mater Dolorosa" (1917) by Herr Gance some months ago, this Teutonic aristocrat had praised and even eulogized the good film work of this important and essential French film director. "Mater Dolorosa", with its superb cinematographic technique, was a great definitive leap forward in Herr Gance's career.

"J'Accuse!" confirms aristocratic suspicions about Herr Gance's ability. Because it's without any doubt another great film in which those pioneer cinematographic techniques mentioned before are carried out. Again an excellent example of technical experimentation to achieve a film narrative, J'Accuse is superbly developed… achieving an unquestionable masterpiece.

"J'Accuse!", besides it's perfect technique, is an emotive antiwar message filmed during the I World War great disaster and with wounds still open. It's a film that denounces the absurdity of war, its uselessness and the terrible consequences that society suffers. It demands the viewer to take note of the great sacrifices and injustices of many broken lives that never will be the same through the fault of the war.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count when mentioning those old wars plenty of lost battles, is slightly Teutonic.

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