Dreyfus (1930 film)

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

Directed byRichard Oswald
Produced byRichard Oswald
Written by
Edited by
Distributed bySüd-Film
Release date
  • 16 August 1930 (1930-08-16)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryWeimar Republic

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, Siegbert Salomon (2005). Between Two Worlds: The Jewish Presence in German and Austrian Film, 1910–1933. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-84545-074-8.
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