July 2nd, 2008

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It's a Tedious Life

In my quest to watch all the movies that have received the Academy Award for Best Picture, I watched The Life of Emile Zola, which won in 1937 against The Awful Truth, Captains Courageous, Dead End, The Good Earth, In Old Chicago, Lost Horizon, One Hundred Men and a Girl, Stage Door and A Star is Born.

The movie, directed by William Dieterle, stars Paul Muni as the influential French writer and political thinker Emile Zola. While it espouses grand ideas and makes use of eloquent dialogue, the movie is an unfocused bore.

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