J'Accuse! (I Accuse)
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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 love with Jean Diaz, a poet (Romuald Joube). The jealous Laurin goes wild at the idea that… More
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The cinematic sophistication and visual expressiveness of this 1919 release is astonishing."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"It may not be subtle, or realistic filmmaking, but as far as visual poetry goes, it's extraordinary."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Technically innovative anti-war World War I melodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Fertile to a fault."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
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