Saturday, August 31, 2019

Dreyfus film by Roman Polanski

Capt. Alfred Dreyfus
Owen Gleiberman has this Variety review of "J'Accuse (An Officer and a Spy)," Roman Polanski's new film about the Dreyfus Affair. Excerpt:
[Alfred] Dreyfus, played in the movie by Louis Garrel with the intensity of a stoic bird (in his pince-nez, he looks like a feral-geek James Joyce as played by Steven Soderbergh), is an honorable soul who gets slandered, unfairly convicted, and becomes a martyr. His time on Devil’s Island, which we see all too briefly, is a hellish exile for him, and the whole dramatic momentum of the movie is: How will his persecution end? Can this injustice be overturned? 

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