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Germinal (1993)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  March 1994 (USA)
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In mid-nineteenth-century northern France, a coal mining town's workers are exploited by the mine's owner. One day, they decide to go on strike, and the authorities repress them.

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Maheude
Renaud ...
Étienne Lantier
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Judith Henry ...
Jean-Roger Milo ...
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Laurent Terzieff ...
Bernard Fresson ...
Victor Deneulin
Jean-Pierre Bisson ...
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Jacques Dacqmine ...
Philippe Hennebeau
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Gérard Croce ...
Maigrat
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Madame Grégoire
Pierre Lafont ...
Léon Grégoire
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It's mid 19th century, north of France. The story of a coal miner's town. They are exploited by the mine's owner. One day the decide to go on strike, and then the authorities repress them Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Near the end of the film, when Etienne and Catherine are looking for the way out of the mine, we see the shadows of the lamps on the right wall of the tunnel. It's to be supposed that the only light inside the mine came from the lamps. See more »

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Coal mine owner: A strike is a disaster for everyone. Within a week you'll all starve. Then what will you do?
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A French epic masterpiece and "must see" for movie buffs.
22 April 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Germinal", based on a novel by Emile Zola, is an epic film which studies the anatomy of a strike in a 19th century French coal mine. During it's 2.5+ hour run time, the film shows the wretchedness of coal miners, their deplorable living conditions, their attempts to organize, negotiations, strike, rioting, police suppression, sabotage, etc. The story is woven around a handful of characters who represent the forces at work; management, union, profiteers, scabs, etc.

About Zola's novel, Havelock Ellis wrote: "It was neither amusing enough nor outrageous enough to attract the multitude". So it is with the film which emphasizes realism over romanticism and exists more as a study of a timeless social/political issue than pure commercial entertainment. A must see for cinema buffs but not likely have broad commercial appeal.


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