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  • Actors: Victor Francen
  • Directors: Abel Gance
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Flicker Alley
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Dec. 2009
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018BYNY4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,610 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Basileus on 10 April 2010
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"J'Accuse" is one of the great French films from the silent era. Directed by Abel Gance in 1919, it tells the story of a love triangle, against the backdrop of the First World War. Partly filmed on real battlefields, this is one of the earliest anti-war movies, showing the impact of war not only on soldiers (death, injury and insanity) but also on civilians (rape and sorrow).

The film has become most famous for its poignant scene of the "return of the dead": fallen soldiers raising from their graves to return to their villages, warning the living their deaths should not have been in vain. Although Gance stated that the film was al about the "stupidity" of war, I agree with the interpretation that this scene makes "J'Accuse" also a nationalistic or patriotic film. As a result it makes the film moralistic.

The technical quality of the film is after almost 100 years still amazing today and the usage of mobile camera shots makes "J'accuse' very vivid. As with a lot of films from the early era, the film has been re-edited to suit different audiences in different countries. After restoration by the Dutch film museum in 2008, this DVD-box contains the most complete version of the original to date and includes a thick booklet full of interesting background information about (the making of) "J'Accuse".

For me "J'Accuse" is in the same league as "Im Westen nicht neues" (All quiet on the Western Front) and should be part of any film historian's or early movies fan's collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Photiades on 1 Aug. 2008
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J'accuse 1919 version ia a great anti war film but the re-make of the same film in about 1937/8 is even better if only because the producer Abel Gance could see the likelyhood of a second world war on the horizon and hence his decision to re-make the film in an attempt to try and stop the envitable........
The climax of the film (the rising of the dead soldiers from their graves in the ww1 military cemetary at Verdun) is unforgetable.

I do hope Amazon will also release this re-make of J'accuse.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rene Paquet on 13 Jan. 2010
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Version muette 1919, le J'ACCUSE FILM POUR Abel Gance (Napoléon)
J'accuse, extraordinaire coup Gance TRAVAIL EST UNE PREMIÈRE GUERRE MONDIALE DRAMA considéré comme l'un des plus techniques ADVANCED FILMS DE L'EER et du premier grand PACIFISTES FILM.
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The First Great Anti-War Film. 5 Oct. 2008
By Chip Kaufmann - Published on
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There were plenty of anti-war films before Gance released J'ACCUSE in 1919. Numerous short films were made circa 1911-1915 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the American Civil War (DRUMMER OF THE 8th from the CIVIL WAR FILMS OF THE SILENT ERA is a prime example) culminating in D.W. Griffith's continually controversial THE BIRTH OF A NATION. There is also a wonderful Thomas Ince produced feature from 1916 called CIVILIZATION but it has yet to make it to DVD. Being a master of the film medium, I'm sure that Gance must have been familiar with these movies especially BIRTH for technique and CIVILIZATION for content. He took what came before him and made the first great anti-war epic that still resonates today.

J'ACCUSE was conceived on a mammoth scale but like most great anti-war movies, the film is primarily intimate as it deals with the personal relationships of a handful of characters that forge a direct bond with the audience. It is this that gives J'ACCUSE its impact and keep it just as relevant to the audiences of today as it was back then. The performances of Roumalde Joube, Marise Dauvray and especially Severin-Mars (the train engineer of LA ROUE) linger long after the film is over. The film is far from perfect and definitely not for everyone. It's too long and the storytelling becomes too episodic at times but the overall message enhanced by Gance's inimitable silent film style make it hard to forget. As usual the restoration and presentation by Flicker Alley rates 5 stars. Great music from Robert Israel as well.
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French WWI silent cinema at its best! 13 Sept. 2008
By Barbara Underwood - Published on
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Having been deeply impressed by French director Abel Gance's other two silent epics, "La Roue" and "Napoleon", I had high expectations of this film which he directed a few years earlier, and was not one bit disappointed. Even the opening credits of soldiers forming the film's title "J'Accuse" was a great first impression, and Gance's famous use of sophisticated imagery and fast editing technique is apparent from the outset to the dramatic climax. Although the editing is somewhat less smooth than in his famous later films, "J'Accuse" is still outstanding for its production year, 1919, although filming had begun earlier, during the WWI years about which this film is meant as a protest, hence the title meaning "I accuse". Gance's message is that of accusing those who caused, supported and profited from the war, but rather than being a war movie per se, it is in fact very much a human story about lives in turmoil and the unnecessary suffering caused by the war. There are only a few main players in this film, all connected and touching each other's lives dramatically as the `Great War' shatters the innocent peace of an idyllic village in Provence. The story revolves around a woman, Edith, whose abusive husband and her caring lover both end up in the same trench when the war breaks out. Tension and rivalry between the two men turn into comradeship in the face of death and slaughter on the battlefield, and when Edith is abducted by German soldiers, they feel united in their love for her. Parents and a small child - the result of gang rape perpetrated by the German soldiers upon Edith - also become involved in the four-year ordeal of the war, all of which leads to a stunning climax which reinforces Gance's message. It is an issue later heard in our day as well, asking whether the war was worth all the lives it destroyed, and did the families left behind honour the sacrifice their men made for them by their conduct during the war. These soul-searching issues are challenged in unforgettable images depicting the fallen soldiers awakened from their graves, played by real soldiers on leave from the war. Other authentic images from the war were also used in this film, but actual battle scenes are short and not the main focus of this film. The majority of the 2 ½ hours running time depicts the lives of the main characters and their feelings, making "J'Accuse" a very emotionally-charged experience, as well as a milestone in early silent film development. Perfectly restored and given an outstanding, beautiful musical score by Robert Israel who excels in such projects, this is a very important DVD for film historians, early cinema and even World War I enthusiasts. Besides its historic significance and `social commentary' which was common in silent films in the early decades of the century, "J'Accuse" is a highly artistic and very impressive work of cinematography which is rarely seen in our day. Also included in this 2-disc set is are two bonus short films, one of which is an actual documentary of WWI battles in France in 1916, and a top quality 20-page booklet with two essays about "J'Accuse" with insight into Abel Gance's thoughts add further to the high standard of this set.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Silent Movie Milestone 11 Nov. 2008
By G. Unterholzner - Published on
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J'Accuse was the only "peace film" to be made in Europe during World War I. Gance, who had served briefly in that conflict, returned to active service in 1918 to film battle scenes of soldiers actually under fire. Parts of the film were shot during the battle of St. Mihiel, one of the most significant of the war. Also, for the famous "March of the Dead" sequence at film's end, Gance used real soldiers home on leave from the front - most of whom were killed within the following weeks. Some titles are taken from real letters written by soldiers to their families. These scenes are surely the best and most spectacular of the whole movie.

The film stars Maryse Dauvray as Edith, a young Frenchwoman who is in love with a poet (Romuald Joubé) but is forced by her father (Maxime Desjardins) into a marriage with a much older man (Séverin-Mars). Edith is captured by the Germans and endures multiple rapes that result in her becoming pregnant. Edith's husband initially thinks that the poet is the father of her child, and the story ends in tragedy with both men seeing action in the trenches.

J'Accuse introduced techniques developed by Gance including rapid-cut editing and expressionistic camerawork and lighting. The film is a must-see for all silent movie fans. Overall, a spectacular and seminal work, although with nearly 3 hours it is very long for current standards and for the time. It contains some unnecessary reiterations, especially with its title J'accuse", where the meaning is not always clear. But, it is much better and more watchable than most films coming out in Europe and America of the time.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Best preserved of all Gance's silent film's 2 Oct. 2009
By Ira Grossman - Published on
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Abel Gance's J'Accuse is, in my opinion, the best preserved silent film because the Flicker Alley DVD includes the orignal French language intertitles with the adition of new English subtitles. Neither Napoleon nor La Roue contain the original intertitles. I am fortunate to have seen both the silent 1919 version on DVD and the 1939 sound version on VHS.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
j'Accuse 13 Jun. 2009
By Charlie A. Meglio - Published on
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It was a very good movie. A must see for any silent movie fan or a
fan of Abel Gance. It is about two men who are enemies who become allies
and friends to one another, when they were drafted into world war one.
the scenes are beautifully filmed and the actors are great. I reccomend
this movie to anyone.j'Accuse deserves a 5 stars for great tremendous
acting and great directing.
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