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J'accuse! is a 1938 French war film directed by Abel Gance and starring Victor Francen.[1] It is a remake of the 1919 film of the same name, which was also directed by Gance.[2]

Directed byAbel Gance
Produced byAbel Gance
Written byAbel Gance
Steve Passeur
StarringVictor Francen
Music byHenri Verdun
CinematographyRoger Hubert
Edited byMadeleine Crétolle
Forrester-Parant Productions
Distributed byComptoir Français du Film (CFF)
Release date
  • 30 October 1938 (1938-10-30)
Running time
104 minutes



The married Edith Laurin has a love affair with her husband's best friend. When both men serve together at the front her spouse realises he's cuckolded. Because his old friend is also his comrade who fights at his side again the mutual enemy, Laurin doesn't take action against him. After Laurin has died his friend returns home as a cripple.



Home mediaEdit

J'accuse! was released for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD by Olive Films on 15 November 2016.[3]


Critical reception for J'accuse! has been mostly positive. TV Guide gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, calling it "An excellent antiwar film".[4] Clayton Dillard of Slant Magazine awarded the film 3 out of 5 stars, writing, "More than just an anti-war statement, J’Accuse visualizes long-term memory loss as mankind’s ultimate, and seemingly endless, tragedy."[5]


  1. ^ Dargis, Manohla. "J'accuse". New York Times. Archived from the original on 8 December 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Abel Gance's J'Accuse (1938)". Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. ^ "J'Accuse (1938) - Abel Gance". Allmovie. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  4. ^ "J'Accuse - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". TV TV Guide. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  5. ^ Dillard, Clayton. "Blu-ray Review: J'Accuse - Slant Magazine". Slant Clayton Dillard. Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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