Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Story of Louis Pasteur (William Dieterle, 1935)


This Warners-backlot history lesson on the man who coined pasteurisation and created a cure for rabies was among the very first earnest Oscar-hungry biopics. Paul Muni's own considerable arrogance sparks off that of the character as written. He won Best Actor for being manically unpleasant. At least director William Dieterle keeps things mercifully speedy.


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