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I Accuse (1938)

J'accuse! (original title)
After serving in the trenches of World War I, Jean Diaz recoils with such horror that he renounces love and personal pleasure to immerse himself in scientific research, seeking a machine to... See full summary »

Director:

Abel Gance

Writers:

Abel Gance (scenario & adaptation), Steve Passeur (adaptation)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Victor Francen ... Jean Diaz
Line Noro ... Edith
Sylvie Gance Sylvie Gance ... Flo (as Marie Lou)
Marcel Delaître Marcel Delaître ... François Laurin
Georges Saillard Georges Saillard ... Le docteur
Jean-Max ... Henri Chimay
Renée Devillers Renée Devillers ... Hélène
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Amiot Paul Amiot ... Un ami de Chimay
Barral Barral ... Un soldat
Jean-Louis Barrault
Lucien Bataille Lucien Bataille ... Un soldat
Jean Brochard ... Le soldat Staminal
Rivers Cadet Rivers Cadet ... Un villageois
Georges Cahuzac Georges Cahuzac ... Le capitaine Lecouvreur
Lucien Callamand Lucien Callamand ... Le soldat Damaseau
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After serving in the trenches of World War I, Jean Diaz recoils with such horror that he renounces love and personal pleasure to immerse himself in scientific research, seeking a machine to prevent war. He thinks he has succeeded, but the government subverts his discovery, and Europe slides with seeming inevitability toward World War II. In desperation, Diaz summons the ghosts of the war dead from the graves and fields of France to give silent, accusing protest. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Powerful Plea for Peace See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi | War

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A near classic.
27 February 2003 | by DukeEmanSee all my reviews

An important film for its time with a powerful message that only fell on deaf ears when World War II went ahead. Unfortunately, the film was technically flawed with some campy moments and a messy story structure. Still, the ending is a classic.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Studios GFFA, Paris, France

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| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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