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The Life of Emile Zola

1937 Rated NR 1hr 56m

Paul Muni stars as French writer and social activist Emile Zola in a biopic that won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (snagged by Joseph Schildkraut, who plays Capt. Alfred Dreyfus).The film tracks Zola through his friendship with Paul Cezanne (Vladimir Sokoloff), his efforts to expose social ills that plagued France's lower classes, and his battle against the anti-Semitic scapegoating of Dreyfus.

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Movie Details

1938 Academy Award®
  • Best Writing
  • Best Picture
  • Best Supporting Actor: Joseph Schildkraut
  • Best Music Score nominee
  • Best Writing nominee
  • Best Sound nominee
  • Best Actor nominee: Paul Muni
  • Best Art Direction nominee
  • Best Director nominee: William Dieterle
Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Screen formats

Full Screen 1.33:1


English, Spanish (Neutral), French

Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital Mono

Other features

Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access.