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  • Paul Muni

    Born on September 22, 1895 in Lemberg, Austria-Hungary

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The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Paul Muni as "Émile Zola"

After struggling to establish himself, author Emile Zola (Paul Muni) wins success writing about the unsavory side of Paris and settles into a comfortable upper-class life. However, Zola's complacency is shaken when Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus (Joseph Schildkraut) is imprisoned for being a spy. Realizing that Dreyfus is an innocent victim of anti-Semitism, Zola boldly pens a newspaper article exposing the truth, is charged with libel and must defend himself in a dramatic courtroom testimony.

Academy Award (1937) Nominated Best Actor

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