I Accuse!

1958

I Accuse! (1958)

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The still-controversial L'Affair Dreyfuss of the late 19th century is the focal point of I Accuse! Jose Ferrer (who also directed) stars as French Army captain Alfred Dreyfus, who is chosen as the fall guy for a major military scandal for no other discernable reason than his Jewishness. Wrongly accused of treason, Dreyfus is stripped of his rank and shipped off to Devil's Island. Friends and family members, bolstered by the support of novelist Emile Zola (Emlyn Williams), force a retrial, to no avail. When their mistake and subsequent coverup is revealed, the Army tries to save face by offering Dreyfuss a pardon, even though they will not rescind their accusation of treason. Left with no alternatives, Dreyfuss accepts, returning to France in disgrace. Only the confession of the genuine traitor enables Dreyfuss to clear his name and have his rank restored. Many of the facts of the case that had been glossed over for legal reasons in 1937's Life of Emile Zola are herein presented on film for the first time. The screenplay for I Accuse! was adapted from the Nicholas Haasz' book by Gore Vidal, who manages to make several allusions to America's own McCarthy-era "witch hunts". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

José Ferrer
as Capt. Alfred Dreyfus
Viveca Lindfors
as Lucie Dreyfus
Emlyn Williams
as Emile Zola
Anton Walbrook
as Maj. Esterhazy
Leo Genn
as Maj. Picquart
David Farrar
as Mathieu Dreyfus
Donald Wolfit
as Gen. Mercier
Herbert Lom
as Maj. DuPaty de Clam
Harry Andrews
as Maj. Henry
Felix Aylmer
as Edgar Demange
Peter Illing
as Georges Clemenceau
George Coulouris
as Col. Sandherr
Carl Jaffe
as Col. von Schwarzkoppen
Eric Pohlmann
as Bertillon
John Chandos
as Drumont
Ernest Clark
as Prosecutor, 1st Dreyfus Trial
John Phillips
as Prosecutor, Esterhazy Trial
Michael Hordern
as Prosecutor, 2nd Dreyfus Trial
Ronald Howard
as Capt. Avril
Charles Gray
as Capt. Brossard
Michael Anthony
as Capt. Leblanc
Arthur Howard
as Capt. Lauth
Michael Trubshawe
as English Publisher
Malcolm Keen
as President of France
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The un- successful 'sobriety of Vidal's script seems to have something to do with this, for the drama of the facts is played down, down, down, till it almost vanishes.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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