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J'Accuse [DVD] [1919] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
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  • ASIN: B0018BYNY4
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'An impassioned plea for mercy...heart-rending' --Slant Magazine --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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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 nichts 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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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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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.
GREAT "Chef d'Oeuvre" A VOIR ABSOLUMENT
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very good and clear picture for the time it was made
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First Great Anti-War Film. 5 Oct. 2008
By Chip Kaufmann - Published on Amazon.com
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Silent Movie Milestone 11 Nov. 2008
By G. Unterholzner - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best preserved of all Gance's silent film's 2 Oct. 2009
By Ira Grossman - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete? 6 Oct. 2016
By Hildie - Published on Amazon.com
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Not sure all parts of movie viewable. As we watched we realized a portion was missing!
5.0 out of 5 stars Abel Gance blazes several trails 15 May 2015
By charles mccoy - Published on Amazon.com
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Fascinating exploration of the possibilities of the new film medium by one of it's most imaginative and technically creative pioneers.
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