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Gervaise (1956)

 -  Drama  -  11 November 1957 (USA)
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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 »

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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 ...
Mme Boche - la concierge curieuse
Florelle ...
Maman Coupeau - la vieille mère d'Henri
Micheline Luccioni ...
Clémence - une blanchisseuse, ouvrière chez Gervaise
Lucien Hubert ...
M. Poisson - un gendarme le mari de Virginie
Jacques Harden ...
Goujet - un forgeron, ami de Gervaise et d'Henri
Jacques Hilling ...
M. Boche - le mari de la concierge
Amédée ...
Mes Bottes - un camarade de Coupeau
Hubert de Lapparent ...
M. Lorilleux - un chaîniste, le mari souffreteux de Mme Lorilleux (as Hubert Lapparent)
Hélène Tossy ...
Mme Bijard
Rachel Devirys ...
Mme Fauconnier (as Rachel Devyris)
Jacqueline Morane ...
Mme Gaudron
Yvonne Claudie ...
Mme Putois - une invitée au repas de fête
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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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French visa # 17232. See more »

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Henri Coupeau - le second compagnon de Gervaise, un ouvrier zingueur: Look how she handles men's shirts! She knows what she's doing. She knows them well. She's handled a lot of shirts without men in them! And men without shirts!
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Version of L'assommoir (1933) See more »

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Laissez-moi dormir
Music by Georges Auric
Lyrics by Raymond Queneau
Performed by Maria Lopez
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The degeneration by alcohol
29 May 2003 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

François Perier as the alcoholic Henri Coupeau is unsurpassed as sick man having his overdose and delirium by alcohol. Maria Shell as Gervaise is convincing as the poor woman working day and night for the drunken men she is having in her home and her little daughter! This movie should be shown to all people having drinking problems. As it is set in a different period (the end of the second Emperor Napoleon's reign) is has something universal. The general atmosphere of this epoch is however very accurate.


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