I finished reading Nana about a week ago because I knew this movie was coming up and I wanted to be prepared. Actually, the film is more about the Dreyfus affair than Nana which is just as well because I thought Nana was repetitive (speaking of which, how many times can I say Nana in one paragraph?).
For those of you who don't know (I was in this category approximately an hour ago) the Dreyfuss scandal happened when a Jewish officer was accused of leaking military secrets. Dreyfuss was convicted with very little evidence and exiled. Zola wrote an article defending Dreyfus and was consequently convicted of libel. I found this movie to be pretty interesting, although I always think biopics drag on a little too long.
Overall, it was a good film though not very exciting. I am going to have to go watch a trashy action film after this.
Zola roomed with Paul Cezanne.
Nominated for ten Oscars (it won Best Picture, Supporting Actor, and Screenplay).
Zola died of carbon monoxide poisoning. A Parisian roofer said on his deathbed that he had killed Zola for political reasons.