The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
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