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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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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 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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Hailed "Best Film From Any Source" by the British Film Academy See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of France for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 29th Academy Awards in 1957. See more »

Quotes

Gervaise Macquart Coupeau, une blanchisseuse douce et courageuse: Morning came and he still hadn't returned. He'd been out all night. It was the first time. I was so proud to have the handsomest guy around, me, the gimp.
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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 Faldgruben (1909) See more »

Soundtracks

Chanson de
Gervaise""
Music by Georges Auric
Lyrics by Raymond Queneau
Performed by Maria Schell
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The degeneration by alcohol
29 May 2003 | by silveraukSee 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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