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Paul Muni as French author Emile Zola
Paul Muni as French author Emile Zola

Thumbnail for The Life of Emile Zola (1937) The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

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Category: Bio/History, DramaNotable as: Biographical filmSub-Category: Biographical film, Black-and-white, Political drama, DramaRuntime: 116 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: William DieterleScreenwriter: Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Géza HerczegMusic: Max SteinerCinematography: Tony GaudioStars: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Holden, Donald Crisp, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Henry O'Neill, Vladimir Sokoloff, John Litel Producer: Henry BlankeStudio: Warner Bros.Awards won: Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Joseph Schildkraut)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Heinz Herald, Géza Herczeg, Norman Reilly Raine)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Paul Muni)
Academy Award for Best Director (William Dieterle)
Academy Award for Best Production Design
Academy Award for Best Score, Adaptation or Treatment
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Academy Award for Best Story (Heinz Herald, Géza Herczeg)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

The Life of Emile Zola is a 1937 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".

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