1937 Best Picture Winner: The Life of Emile Zola (William Dieterle) – Awards Don’t Matter


Truth becomes fiction in William Dieterle’s biopic of the famed French author, Emile Zola, in the 10th Best Picture winner, the creatively titled The Life of Emile Zola. With a narrative that embraces the heights of the Dreyfus Affair, while also taking in the divide between the impoverished and the wealthy, at the same time it critiques the military.

In this episode of Awards Don’t Matter, co-hosts Dave and Andrew discuss and divide the film, ultimately coming to the conclusion whether it’s the narrative of The Life of Emile Zola that matters, or if the film itself does. Dig on in and find out.

Make sure to check out Dave’s new podcast, Off Screen Death with co-host Michael Denniston.

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1938 Best Picture Winner: You Can't Take it With You (Frank Capra) Awards Don't Matter

We return to the world of Frank Capra with his second Best Picture winner, You Can't Take it With You. Co-hosts Dave and Andrew dig into this charming film, and as they do they uncover a Hollywood that wilfully steals from its own past to weave new stories. Full of delight and whimsy, this Best Picture winner features Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart and Edward Arnold. At the end, Dave and Andrew are forced to ask… while You Can't Take it With You, does that matter? Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod Send us an email at: contact@thecurb.com.au Listen to the Sex & Lucia theme here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVDb8fZqsdM
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