The Life of Emile Zola (1937) Poster

Paul Muni: Emile Zola



  • Émile Zola : At this solemn moment, in the presence of this tribunal, which is the representative of human justice, before France, before the whole world, I swear that Dreyfus is innocent! By all that I have won, by all that I have written to spread the spirit of France, I swear that he is innocent. May all that melt away; may my name perish if Dreyfus be not innocent. He is innocent.

  • Émile Zola : Paul.

    Paul Cezanne : Hmm.

    Émile Zola : Will you write?

    Paul Cezanne : No. But I'll remember.

  • Émile Zola : Why didn't Picquart say anything?

    Lucie Dreyfus : Colonel Picquart is a good officer. He kept silent at the request of his superiors.

    Émile Zola : You mean they KNEW and they ordered him to suppress the truth? Why,that's monstrous!

  • Émile Zola : [reading from his letter "I Accuse"]  I shall tell the truth. Because if I did not, my nights would be haunted by the spectre of an innocent man expiating under the most frightful torture a crime he never committed.

  • La Rue : We've been watching your writings, young man. You're a troublemaker! These articles of yours, attacking our leading men of letters, the arts! Criticizing the civic authorities!

    Émile Zola : Perhaps you know of something better for me to criticize?

  • Émile Zola : Life is tricky.

  • Émile Zola : What does it matter if an individual is shattered - if only justice is resurrected?

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