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J'accuse! (1919)

J'accuse (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, War | 25 April 1919 (France)
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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Abel Gance

Writer:

Abel Gance
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Cast

Credited cast:
Romuald Joubé ... Jean Diaz
Maxime Desjardins ... Maria Lazare
Séverin-Mars ... François Laurin
Angèle Guys Angèle Guys ... Angele
Maryse Dauvray Maryse Dauvray ... Edith Laurin
Mancini Mancini ... Jean's Mother
Elizabeth Nizan Elizabeth Nizan
Pierre Danis Pierre Danis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Blaise Cendrars Blaise Cendrars
Paul Duc Paul Duc ... Orphan
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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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Genres:

Drama | Horror | War

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 April 1919 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

J'accuse! See more »

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Production Co:

Pathé Frères See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Re-edited into a shorter version entitled I Accuse (1921), intended for American audiences, with a less universal anti-war slant and a more anti-German stance, and with a happy ending. See more »

Quotes

Child #1: It's war!
Child #2: What's war?
Child #1: I don't know.
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Connections

Edited into Zombie Evolution (2008) See more »

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Who Are the Naysayers?
26 June 2008 | by peterportez-1See all my reviews

I wish that we could read a comment from at least one of the 91 persons who gave a "1" rating to this silent film masterpiece. What were these 91 thinking? Do they hate all silents? Did they object to the length? If "J'Accuse!" is a "1," why did they suffer through its almost three-hour duration? If they gave up watching after 10 minutes, why bother to vote and muck up the weighted average, now standing at an absurd 6.4? Thank you, Turner Classic Movies, for making "J'Accuse" available to a wide audience. That network is most capably helping fill the void left by the shutting down of most of America's repertory film theaters.


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