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J'Accuse! (I Accuse)

J'Accuse! (I Accuse) (1919)

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Release Date: Apr 25, 1919 Wide

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France's innovative film pioneer Abel Gance had already served briefly in World War I, but he enlisted again so he could film hair-raising footage of soldiers under fire. He used the shots in this compelling anti-war epic, which originally ran 14 reels (it was cut down to ten for release in the U.S., which unfortunately damaged its continuity). Marie Lazare (Marise Dauvray) is forced by her father (Maxime des Jardins) to marry the much-older Francois Laurin (Severin-Mars), even though she's in

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Art House & International, Drama

Sep 16, 2008

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The cinematic sophistication and visual expressiveness of this 1919 release is astonishing.

March 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

The epic drama is angry and tender and horrifying and touching, all of it conveyed by [Abel Gance's] powerful and delicate imagery and sophisticated techniques.

October 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

Fertile to a fault.

October 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It may not be subtle, or realistic filmmaking, but as far as visual poetry goes, it's extraordinary.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Technically innovative anti-war World War I melodrama.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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