J’accuse (1919) is a French silent film directed by Abel Gance. It juxtaposes a romantic drama with the background of the horrors of World War I, and it is sometimes described as a pacifist or anti-war film. Work on the film began in 1918, and some scenes were filmed on real battlefields. The film’s powerful depiction of wartime suffering, and particularly its climactic sequence of the “return of the dead”, made it an international success, and confirmed Gance as one of the most important directors in Europe.
Director: Abel Gance
Screenplay: Abel Gance
Music composed by: Robert Israel
Cast: Séverin-Mars, Romuald Joubé, Maryse Dauvray, Angèle Guys, Maxime Desjardins, Mancini