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Gervaise (1956)

Gervaise Macquart, a young lame laundress, is left by her lover Auguste Lantier with two boys... She manages to make it, and a few years later she marries Coupeau, a roofer. After working ... See full summary »

Director:

René Clément

Writers:

Émile Zola (novel), Jean Aurenche | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Schell ... Gervaise Macquart Coupeau, une blanchisseuse douce et courageuse
François Périer ... Henri Coupeau - le second compagnon de Gervaise, un ouvrier zingueur
Jany Holt ... Mme Lorilleux - la soeur revêche de Coupeau
Mathilde Casadesus Mathilde Casadesus ... Mme Boche - la concierge curieuse
Florelle ... Maman Coupeau - la vieille mère d'Henri
Micheline Luccioni ... Clémence - une blanchisseuse, ouvrière chez Gervaise
Lucien Hubert Lucien Hubert ... M. Poisson - un gendarme le mari de Virginie
Jacques Harden Jacques Harden ... Goujet - un forgeron, ami de Gervaise et d'Henri
Jacques Hilling Jacques Hilling ... M. Boche - le mari de la concierge
Amédée Amédée ... Mes Bottes - un camarade de Coupeau
Hubert de Lapparent Hubert de Lapparent ... M. Lorilleux - un chaîniste, le mari souffreteux de Mme Lorilleux (as Hubert Lapparent)
Hélène Tossy Hélène Tossy ... Mme Bijard
Rachel Devirys ... Mme Fauconnier (as Rachel Devyris)
Jacqueline Morane Jacqueline Morane ... Mme Gaudron
Yvonne Claudie Yvonne Claudie ... Mme Putois - une invitée au repas de fête
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Storyline

Gervaise Macquart, a young lame laundress, is left by her lover Auguste Lantier with two boys... She manages to make it, and a few years later she marries Coupeau, a roofer. After working very hard a few more years, she succeeds in buying her own laundry (her dream)... But Coupeau starts to drink after having fallen from a roof, and Lantier shows up... A faithful adaptation of Emile Zola's novel "L'Assomoir", depicting the fatal degeneration of a family of workers, mainly because of alcohol. Written by Yepok

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gervaise See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In Australia "GERVAISE" was named as one of "THE ten films of 1958" by "The Australian Women's Weekly" published on Wednesday 31st December 1958 on Page 52. See more »


Alternate Versions

The original French version is much more risque than the heavily edited US version in at least one scene and probably others: the scene where Maria Schell has a catfight with Suzy Delair, which ends with Schell spanking Delair with a wooden paddle, is much more explicit in the French version which includes scenes of Suzy Delairs' bare behind getting whacked. See more »

Connections

Version of L'assommoir (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Chanson de
Gervaise""
Music by Georges Auric
Lyrics by Raymond Queneau
Performed by Maria Schell
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A Classic of French Cinema - L'Assommoir by Emile Zola
20 May 2002 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

This as far as I know is the only film version of a very famous story by a French Novelist called Emile Zola. It is "L'Assommoir" and is the story of how drink and alcohol can ruin lives and kill. The film is extremely well acted but seems a bit "short" compared to the book which has far more lurid details concerning the downfall of each of the characters. The story takes place behind the Gare du Nord in the Northern Sector of Paris in what is called today the "Quartier de la Goutte d'Or". Unfortunately that area today bears absolutely no resemblance to that portrayed either in the book or the film and is extremely dangerous and violent - any visit of it is strongly advised against. Anyway the story is very moving but be warned the outcome is not a happy one. One other thing, the book is one of a series written by Zola about a family called "Les Rougon-Macquart". The series also includes the book "Germinal" which has several times been made as a film. But of all the films of Zola's books I have see, L'Assommoir (Gervaise ) is my favourite !


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