J’accuse (1919)

4350 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

A French fantasy film directed by Abel Gance. It is believed that the film originally ran to around 5250 metres in length but was subsequently re-edited down to 4350 metres. It was further shortened for the film's 1921 US release and this version featured a happy ending which the original did not. Gance remade the film in 1938.


Directed by: Abel Gance
Produced by: Charles Pathé
Script: Abel Gance
Assistant Director: Blaise Cendrars
Directors of Photography: Marc Bujard, Léonce-Henri Burel, Maurice Forster
Editors: Andrée Danis, Abel Gance
Locations: Saint-Michel, Haute-Garonne, France

Romuald Joubé (Jean Diaz)
Séverin-Mars (François Laurin)
Maryse Dauvray (Edith Laurin)
Maxime Desjardins (Maria Lazare)
Angèle Guys (Angele)
Mancini (Jean's mother)
Elizabeth Nizan
Pierre Danis

Alternative Titles

I Accuse
Ich klage an – German title
Per la patria – Italian title
Yo acuso – Spanish title

J'accuse! (1938)

Extracts included in
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood Part 1: How It All Began (1996)
The Great and the Shaping of the 20th Century (1996)


French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier p.37-38 – credits, synopsis
by Walt Lee p.227 – credits