"The Life of Emile Zola" (1937)
The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair. - "The Life of Emile Zola" is an American biographical film about French author Émile Zola, played by Paul Muni and directed by William Dieterle. It has the distinction of being the second biographical film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. It premiered at the Los Angeles Carthay Circle Theatre to great success both critically and financially. Contemporary reviews cited it the best biographical film made up to that time. In 2000, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Genre': Biography, Drama
Release date: August 11, 1937
Directed by: William Dieterle
Produced by: Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, Norman Reilly Raine
Screenplay by: Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, Norman Reilly Raine
Based on: "Zola and His Time" by Matthew Josephson
Music by: Max Steiner
Cinematography: Tony Gaudio
Edited by: Warren Low
Cast: Paul Muni, Gloria Holden, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Donald Crisp
Distributed by: Warner Bros.