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.
The pen of Emile Zola...the Paris of Renoir
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Official submission of France for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 29th Academy Awards in 1957. See more
Gervaise Macquart Coupeau, une blanchisseuse douce et courageuse
[singing "Let Me Sleep"
What's the use of dreaming of birds and nests If the bird flies away and abandons the nest If the pigeon dies so does his mate What's the use of dreaming of birds and nests What's the use of sleeping if the night disappears If I must wake and face the day If I only wake to shed more tears What's the use of sleeping If the night disappears Days and nights whirl through my head Days and nights fill me with dread What's the use of dreaming Let me sleep Let me...
Art Cinema postwar film culture, allowed the original version of GERVAISE (1956) to be made in France, with 116 minutes running time. Unfortunately GERVAISE (1956) became the very heavily edited "Australian Film Censorship Board" true cinéaste version of this brand new release of a foreign language film, with a shorter running time of 112 minutes, when finally released in Australia in 1958. Cleverly re-edited scenes, there were no obvious signs that a total of four minutes of image and soundtrack and English language subtitles had been removed. CUSTOMS (CINEMATOGRAPH FILMS) REGULATIONS 1956 No.94 was the Australian Government Commonwealth Legislation, that prevented Australians from sitting in a cinema watching the original version of films that without cuts would be "blasphemous, indecent or obscene, OR likely to be injurious to morality, OR to encourage or incite to crime, OR a matter the exhibition of which is undesirable in the public interest." All female nudity had to be removed, cat-fighting between Gervaise Macquart Coupeau (Maria Schell) and Virginie Poisson (Suzy Delairs) was minimized, and those sadistic and brutal acts of Gervaise Macquart Coupeau (Maria Schell) slapping the bare buttocks of Virginie Poisson (Suzy Delairs) with the wooden paddle (washerwoman's battledore) were removed. See more
Version of Drink
Chanson de Gervaise
Music by Georges Auric
Lyrics by Raymond Queneau
Performed by Maria Schell See more