L’affaire Dreyfus (1899)

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A look at the events of the Dreyfuss Affair from a contemporary perspective.

My Take on it – I have been a fan of George Melies for years and have always been amazed at the way that he was so much ahead of his time when it came to film making and to special effects in movies at the dawn of the age of film.

I came across this film and was quite curious to finally see something from him that has absolutely no fantasy aspect to it and would allow for a story to be old in a ‘normal’ fashion.

Having known the history of the Dreyfuss Affair before watching this film, I was amazed at the way that a contemporary viewpoint at the story would look.

There are really no effects used in this 11 minute film that is actually 11 shorter movies put together in order to tell the tale of hat transpired.

The film doesn’t utilize subtitles or captions, but it still manages to get the whole thing across in an interesting way.

This film also depicts one of the very first instances of suicide in a film and it was fascinating to see the effects used here for that.

After watching the movie, I was looking at the Parental Guide in IMDB and came across a pretty funny (or actually sad) comment made there about the violence in the movie and decided to post a screen shot of the response.

The film was quite controversial when it came out due to the obvious controversy of the Dreyfuss Affair itself which was still going on at this time.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film was banned in France in 1899 because, during showings, it caused fights between pro and anti-Dreyfusards. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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