The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Though he’s largely forgotten today, in the 1930s the chameleonic Paul Muni was widely considered the  best actor in the movies. This film series features four of his greatest hits.  The Life of Emile Zola (1937;NR)
Muni the Magnificent
Saturday, December 28, 2013
1:30pm @ Central Library

Paul Muni was one of the great actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, a chameleonic performer who created his own distinctive makeup and specialized in depicting real-life individuals on the screen.

Today, though, few moviegoers are familiar with the work of this Oscar-winning master. The Library’s December film series will correct that by featuring titles in which Muni plays a gangster, a convict, a famous scientist, and a great French writer.

This Oscar winner for best picture depicts the French friendship of the French writer (Muni) with painter Paul Cezanne and Zola’s late-in-live involvement in the notorious Dreyfus affair, in which he championed the cause of a French officer railroaded into a conviction for treason.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.
Scarface (1932; NR)
December 7, 2013

I Am A Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932; NR)
December 14, 2013

The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936; NR)
December 21, 2013

The Life of Emile Zola (1937; NR)
December 28, 2013


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