VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Dreyfus

V' 14

Dreyfus

Richard Oswald
D, 1930
115min, OF

© Filmarchiv Austria

Dreyfus

Richard Oswald
D, 1930
, 115min, OF

Cast: 
Fritz Kortner
Alfred Dreyfus
Grete Mosheim
Lucie Dreyfus, Wife
Heinrich George
Émile Zola
Albert Bassermann
Col. Picquart
Oskar Homolka
Maj. Ferdinand Walsin-Esterházy
Ferdinand Hart
Fritz Rasp
Cast: 
Original novella
«Der Prozess des Hauptmanns Dreyfus» by Bruno Weil (1931)
Screenplay: 
Heinz Goldberg
Fritz Wendhausen
Sound: 
Hans Grimm
Camera: 
Friedl Behn-Grund
Editor: 
Hans Oser
Decoration: 
Franz Schroedter
Hermann Warm

Production: 
Richard Oswald-Produktion GmbH, Berlin
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

DREYFUS recounts the arrest and conviction of this French general staff officer for treason, his late pardon in the 1890s and his even slower rehabilitation. “The title role represents the leading part only by its name. Indeed, this splendidly cast period film has given the more rewarding parts to Heinrich George as Zola, Albert Bassermann as Colonel Picquart and Oskar Homolka as Major Walsin-Esterhazy, who is actually the truly guilty one. Kortner lends the Jewish officer a quiet dignity, though without glamour; for this very reason, he remains true to the historic wisdom that the one degraded to be at the mercy of the powerful was a victim without any options to act on his own.” (Christoph Brecht)