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The Story of Louis Pasteur aka A Historia de Louis Pasteur [Import] (1935)

Paul Muni , Josephine Hutchinson , William Dieterle  |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Muni, Josephine Hutchinson, Anita Louise, Donald Woods
  • Directors: William Dieterle
  • Format: NTSC, Import, Black & White, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Portuguese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: ClassicLine
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

This is a Region 0(All) DVD and it will play on any DVD players sold in the US or Canada. It will play also on any DVD players worldwide that plays NTSC format.

Audio in English. Optional Subtitles in Portuguese.

The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine

In 1860 Paris, chemist Louis Pasteur is considered a quack within the medical community for advocating that doctors and surgeons wash their hands and boil their instruments to destroy microbes that can kill their patients. He came across this belief when discovering microscopic organisms in sour wine, the organisms which could be killed if heated sufficiently. The belief among the scientific community at large is that the organisms are the result of disease and not the cause. This belief is despite the fact that thirty percent of women die in childbirth due to child bed disease, accounting for twenty thousand annual deaths in Paris alone. The debate takes Pasteur all the way to a meeting with Emperor Napoleon III and his physician, Dr. Charbonnet, who is one of the leading opponents of Pasteur. Several years later - France now a republic - much of Pasteur's reputation changes as a government sanctioned experiment with anthrax and sheep shows that a vaccine created by Pasteur proves ..(IMDB)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! September 24, 2010
Do not be frightened by the Portuguese language on the DVD cover. It is in English with subtitles if needed.
This black and white film is useful for allied health classes studying the history of infectious disease. You know how "British English" films are often difficult to understand because they speak so rapidly? That's not the case here. The plot, action, and language are easy to follow. Besides, it's an interesting movie that I would watch for its entertainment value! If you like great old B&W, this is perfect viewing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A giant man and story in one little DVD. March 26, 2009
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This is the tremendous story of a great man and his quest to know the cause and cure of several diseases. The story vividly demonstrates the conflict between those who have knowledge with understanding and those who hold onto the prevailing "scientific"/medical dogma.
The quality of this DVD was very good also.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of a Brilliant Man September 25, 2009
By Serene
This film is about the life of the brilliant chemist Louis Pasteur who discovered cures for hydrophobia (rabies), as well as the pox and germ theory. His brilliance and courage search for the truth and cures for diseases helped improve the lives of many people.

I thought the film was surprisingly well acted, and Louis was a brilliant man. I would've liked to have learned more about his life and remarkable and ground breaking discoveries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality. September 23, 2013
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For those wondering about the video/ audio quality of this dvd, don't's great. ...not pristine, but great. 9 out of 10.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Historia Louis Pasteur (The Story of Louis Pasteur) October 24, 2012
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It's a shame that we've had to depend on another country to provide this movie; seeing that Paul Muni received an Oscar for his roll. In any case this move was worth the expense. The story of Louis Pasteur should be known by all of us and our children. This man was an important, possibly pivotal indiviual in the health of all humans. The film is an excellent tale of tenacity and triumph, the rewards of which have been given to all mankind. I received the movie in fine condition and it played on my DVD player without an error.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little World of Louis Pasteur April 21, 2012
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U will not find a more delightful recounting of the struggles the chemist Louis Pasteur endured in France from his colleagues(& even his emperor)than this black-n-white classic. We have all heard of the "pasteurization process" whether u drink milk, wine or beer. However, not until I saw this movie did I realize how much more this genius gave to the world. He lived thru the time of the French Revolution in transition from Emperor to a Republic,however,I somehow doubt Mr. Pasteur barely noticed the changes in his own country. Constantly hounded for not being a doctor(m.d.),I believe that it was his strong chemical knowledge that enabled him to become completely absorbed in the long tedious exhausting hrs of trials in finding cures. He starts his controversy by building on a theory of germs he heard & develops current sterilization processes(still used today)to stop the #1 leading cause of death of women of his time, namely "Child Bed Fever." He continues on to find a cure for Anthrax (sound familiar in the crazy times we live in?), Rabies, Syphilis... At least before his death he was recognized even by his enemies for his great contributions to science. Told with humor & serious at the same time, I think everyone should see this film at least once! It is very inspiring. Wish this guy was around to work on a vaccine for AIDS & cancer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The History of Louis Pasteur DVD December 1, 2011
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The History of Louis Pasteur should be in every school
in America. Paul Muni in the title role is magnificent,
and one really gets a good sense, of a scientist
committed to truth. I tried it with my
kids and they loved it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars dont choose this one
The Quailty of the picture was very poor.Shipping Time was ok But as I said before the picture Quailty was very,very poor.Also to many words required to write this
Published 5 months ago by Frederick Rieger
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film for teaching Biology in junior high school
I had shown this film to my 7th grade Biology classes many times and enjoyed seeing it again after all these years
Published 9 months ago by Harry Gamble
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find KEEPER
I have been searching for this DVD "forever". I was so happy when i found it on Amazon! Great for school age children too. Read more
Published 10 months ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
Great representation of how the process of science works. I use it in my seventh grade life science class. Read more
Published 14 months ago by heather birklid
1.0 out of 5 stars bad quality video
Unfortunately this is the only retail version of the film, the image quality is poor, significantly grainy. I don't recommend to buy the product. Read more
Published 15 months ago by P. Alessandro
3.0 out of 5 stars A Historia Louis Pasteur ( The Story of Louis Pasteur)
One would think the movie is in the french language but it is also in English. This is truly Hollywood entertainment at its finest based on Hollywood science. Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by Vincent DeSoto
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Louis Pasteur
This a classic movie. Excellent depiction of the difficulties that Louis Pasteur had in the process of introducing "germ" theory to the surgeons of that time in France!
Published on October 31, 2010 by Gustavo Menendez
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