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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 ...
Rasseneur
Jacques Dacqmine ...
Philippe Hennebeau
Anny Duperey ...
Madame Hennebeau
Gérard Croce ...
Maigrat
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Annick Alane ...
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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mine owner | mine | coal | strike | worker | See more »

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Rated R for intense depiction of suffering and class conflict | See all certifications »

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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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the industrial revolution and the civil upheavel in europe chronicled
10 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

GERMINAL is a filmabout the industrial revolution and the upheavelof citizens and workers agaisnt factory and business owner monopolies which deprived workers of a decent living. The backdrop for this film and much of it's mainstory is the immergence of communism, socialism and unionism in europe and the battles of workersfor a fairliving and wage. Uncompromising in it's portrait of the living conditions of that era the film works and is one of the finest foreign films produced. The film gives us the story of people in this era of pre war europe yet succeeds in giving us visually as well as through dialouge a motive for the actions of the characters. In the eyes of the audience the actions seem justified. Germinal is a art house film wich works also as a social conscience drama and period piece. The movie also gives us a glance at why europe has been in so much upheavel through history.


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