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|The Life of Emile Zola|
|Directed by||William Dieterle|
|Based on||Zola and His Time|
by Matthew Josephson
|Produced by||Henry Blanke|
|Edited by||Warren Low|
|Music by||Max Steiner|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
Produced during the Great Depression and after the Nazi Party had taken power in Germany, the film failed to explore the key issue of antisemitic injustice in France in the late 19th century, when Zola became involved in the Dreyfus affair and worked to gain the officer's release. Some recent studies have noted the film as an example of Hollywood's timidity at the time: antisemitism was not mentioned in the film, nor was "Jew" said in dialogue. Some explicitly anti-Nazi films were canceled in this period, and other content was modified. This was also the period when Hollywood had established the Production Code, establishing an internal censor, in response to perceived threats of external censorship.
The Life of Emile Zola became the second biographical film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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