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J’accuse, director Abel Gance’s (Napoleon) indictment of war, is a tale of romance and idealism in the tradition of Tolstoy’s War and Peaceand Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion.
Set against the backdrop of World War I, the idealistic poet Jean Diaz (Victor Francen, AFarewell to Arms), in pursuit of a higher calling, having witnessed the horrors of war, seeks to create a technology that will put an end to future bloodshed.
Jean’s hopes for a peaceful resolution are soon dashed when investor Henri Chimax (Jean-Max,Satan’s Paradise) appropriates Jean’s plans knowing that another world war, looming on the horizon, will profit him financially.