J'Accuse! (I Accuse) (That They May Live) (1938)





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This 1938 sci-fi and horror-tinged war drama from writer/director Abel Gance is an updated remake of Gance's own 1919 silent feature of the same name. J'accuse stars Victor Francen as Jean Diaz, a scientist who, after witnessing the unspeakable horrors of the battlefield during the First World War, dedicated his life to ensuring that history doesn't repeat itself. Diaz eventually invents a device that promises to bring an end to war forever. However, with WWII on the horizon, the government instead opts to use the machine against its enemies rather than for peace. This drives Diaz to the brink of insanity and leads him to resort to more unexpected measures to get his point across. Line Noro and Marie Lou also star. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Paul Amiot
as Captain
Andre Nox
as Leotard
Victor Francen
as Jean Diaz
Line Noro
as Edith
Marcel Delaitre
as Francois Laurin
Romuald Joubé
as Jean Diaz
Jean Max
as Henri Chimay
Georges Saillard
as Giles Tenant
as Pierre Fonds
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Critic Reviews for J'Accuse! (I Accuse) (That They May Live)

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Pure Gance.

Full Review… | November 15, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

An excellent antiwar film, J'Accuse is all the more poignant considering it was produced and released in France shortly before the Occupation.

Full Review… | November 15, 2007
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for J'Accuse! (I Accuse) (That They May Live)


it's not perfect. it definitely falls into some pre-war movie cliches, and gance falls back on silent film techniques in many scenes. aside from that, it is very passionate and powerful. the imagery is quite moving, and this is definitely worth watching if you get the chance.

James Beyer
James Beyer

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