J'Accuse

  • 1938
  • Movie
  • NR
  • War

An excellent antiwar film, J'ACCUSE is all the more poignant considering it was produced and released in France shortly before the Occupation. Francen invents a device he believes will stop war forever, only to see it used by his government as a defense measure against the enemy. Driven mad by this exploitation, Francen decides only the war dead marching...read more

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An excellent antiwar film, J'ACCUSE is all the more poignant considering it was produced and released in France shortly before the Occupation. Francen invents a device he believes will stop war forever, only to see it used by his government as a defense measure against the enemy. Driven

mad by this exploitation, Francen decides only the war dead marching through the streets will stop the people's thirst for an upcoming war. In his delusion, bodies rise from their graves, and the sight of war's actual horrors so terrifies the patriotic countrymen that all thoughts of war are

abandoned. Gance's plot is a simple one, but told with enormous power and passion for the theme. The ravaged faces of the dead are disturbing, powerful images that are not soon forgotten. The message is conveyed clearly, without preaching, and with a sensitivity toward pacifism. Like so many films

of this nature, its message was considered unsuitable by Nazi Germany, and the film was banned in that country.

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