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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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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 »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi | War

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Startling and impassioned plea for peace!
10 July 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

Abel Gance, undoubtedly one of the greatest film-makers ever, made this extraordinary film as he saw Europe rushing toward World War 2. It is a remake of a film he made when he was in the trenches of World War 1. At its core is the magnificent performance of Victor Francen as the only survivor of a World War 1 patrol who is determined to prevent war ever happening again. With photography and amazing mis en scene, Gance evokes the waste of war and the terrible effect it has on its survivors. The climax involves Francen conjuring the dead of World War 1 to stop World War 2. This is stunningly shot and extremely powerful.

The only faults this film has is the over reliance on stock footage (I assume because of budgetary problems), and a romantic sub-plot that doesn't quite work. But this is a true work of art - highly political and visionary, and fascinating historically. What a shame humanity didn't listen in 1938!


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 November 1939 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Studios GFFA, Paris, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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