Dreyfus (1930 film)

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Directed byRichard Oswald
Produced byRichard Oswald
Written byBruno Weil (novel)
Heinz Goldberg
Fritz Wendhausen
StarringFritz Kortner
Grete Mosheim
Heinrich George
Oskar Homolka
CinematographyHeinrich Balasch
Friedl Behn-Grund
Edited byMax Brenner
Jean Oser
Distributed bySüd-Film
Release date
16 August 1930
Running time
115 minutes
CountryWeimar Republic

Dreyfus is a 1930 German drama film directed by Richard Oswald and starring Fritz Kortner, Grete Mosheim and Heinrich George.[1]

It portrays the Dreyfus affair and is based on a novel by Bruno Weil. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Franz Schroedter and Hermann Warm. In the United States the film was released under the alternative title The Dreyfus Case.

The film was remade the following year in Britain with Cedric Hardwicke in the title role.


In late nineteenth century Alfred Dreyfus, a French army officer of Jewish heritage, is falsely accused of espionage. Found guilty of treason he is drummed out of the army and sent to prison on Devil's Island. His family take up the case of the wronged officer, as does the writer Emile Zola who believes the original investigation was marred by anti-Semitism. Eventually the true culprit Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy is exposed.



  1. ^ Prawer p.149


  • Prawer, S.S. Between Two Worlds: The Jewish Presence in German and Austrian Film, 1910-1933. Berghahn Books, 2005.

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