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The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935)

The Story of Louis Pasteur
Running time: 87 min. | Genre: Drama, Biography, XIX Century
The Story of Louis Pasteur

Synopsis

In 1860, having helped France solve the problem of sour wine, chemist Louis Pasteur turns to the dangers of childbirth: 20,000 Paris women were dying annually. His germ theory and recommendation that doctors wash their hands and sterilize their instruments meet with derision in the academy, and the emperor himself orders Pasteur to be silent. Ten years later, needing cash to pay for war losses, the government finds that anthrax is killing herds everywhere in the country except Arbois: Pasteur is there, vaccinating sheep. Again the academy is dismissive. When Pasteur is vindicated, he turns his attention to hydrophobia. It is the Russians who realize his genius, and France finally honors him.

Cast

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Leading Actor (Paul Muni)
WINNER
Best Adapted Screenplay
WINNER
Best Story
WINNER
Best Picture
NOMINATED

Venice Film Festival

Volpi Cup - Best Actor (Paul Muni)
WINNER

Details

Original title

The Story of Louis Pasteur

Director

William Dieterle

Producer

Warner Bros. Pictures

Running time

87 min.

Screenwriter

Sheridan Gibney, Pierre Collings

Music

Bernhard Kaun, Heinz Roemheld

Cinematography

Tony Gaudio (B&W)

Year

1935

Country

United States United States

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