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1. The movie "The Life of Emile Zola" stars one of the 1930's most beloved actors in the title role. Though he is not very well-known today, he was a big star in his day. Who played the role of Emile Zola?
2. "The Life of Emile Zola" starts off showing author Zola's friendship with Post-Impressionist artist, Cezanne, played by Vladimir Sokoloff. CÚzanne lives with Zola in the beginning of the movie in what European city?
3. After the success of Zola's novel, "Nana", an expose of prostitution in the city, Cezanne and Zola move to a better place and together delve even deeper into the social issues of 19th Century France.
4. One of the biggest changes in Zola's life with his sudden success as a writer is his marriage to Alexandrine. Which actress, who shares the last name of another actor famous in the '40s and '50s, though they were not related to each other, plays the part of Zola's wife?
5. Zola becomes a crusader again, to right an injustice that he discovers in the French government. He becomes a champion for a man who accused of being a spy for the Germans and who was unjustly imprisoned based on false evidence. Who is this man?
6. Gale Sondergaard has the most important female role in "The Life of Emile Zola". She plays the woman who brings Dreyfus's plight to Zola's attention and convinces him to take on the cause. Who does Sondergaard play?
7. The Captain and his wife have a child, Pierre, whose plight of being left fatherless along with his siblings is another reason that Zola decides to try to achieve justice. What child actor played the role of Pierre?
8. One of the most important and demanding scenes from "The Life of Emile Zola" includes a six-minute long monologue by Zola in defense of Dreyfus. Where does this scene take place?
9. After his accusations against the French authorities, Zola is attacked and barely escapes with his life. Zola is subsequently charged with libel and sentenced to a one-year prison term himself. Rather than become the second man to go to jail unjustly over the Dreyfus Affair, Zola flees to another country. Where does he go?
10. The final scene in the movie is the heartwarming meeting of Zola and a newly-freed Dreyfus.
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