On sort of a related note, Debbie and I last night watched The Life of Emile Zola starring Paul Muni, which won the academy award for best picture in 1937. It is further proof that movies are not better than ever. Muni, an actor of genius, made only 25 films, but was nominated for best actor in six of them (including Zola). He won for The Story of Louis Pasteur, which was released the year before Zola. In one of his essays, Henry Miller tells of being in a movie theater in Paris when Juarez, also starring Muni, opened. Miller says that when the movie was over, the entire audience, as if on cue, stood and gave it a standing ovation.