BFI to release Abel Gance’s ‘J’accuse’ in a Dual Format Edition on 24 July, 2017


A film by Abel Gance

Dual Format Edition Release: 24 July 2017

Previously unreleased in the UK, Abel Gance’s rousing anti-war epic, J’accuse now comes to Blu-ray and DVD for the very first time, available in a Dual Format Edition on 24 July 2017, courtesy of BFI.

Having experienced the horrors of the First World War, idealistic inventor Jean Diaz (Victor Francen, A Farewell to Arms) hopes to harness technological innovation in his bid to prevent further barbarity.

But a meddling and unscrupulous bureaucracy allows Jean’s plans to be hijacked as Europe slides towards another great conflict.

Using his epic 1919 silent version of the film as a template, Gance pits mankind’s romanticism against its capacity for savagery.

Originally released on the eve of the Second World War (and the same year as Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion), J’accuse urges us to honour the memory of the fallen by learning the lessons of a catastrophic past.

Special Features

Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition

New full-length audio commentary by leading Gance expert Paul Cuff

Stills and special collections gallery

Illustrated booklet written and compiled by Paul Cuff, including a specially commissioned essay and newly translated contemporary reviews

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