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Germinal (1993)

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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.

Director:

Claude Berri
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miou-Miou ... Maheude
Renaud ... Étienne Lantier
Jean Carmet ... Vincent Maheu dit Bonnemort
Judith Henry Judith Henry ... Catherine Maheu
Jean-Roger Milo Jean-Roger Milo ... Chaval
Gérard Depardieu ... Toussaint Maheu
Laurent Terzieff ... Souvarine
Bernard Fresson ... Victor Deneulin
Jean-Pierre Bisson Jean-Pierre Bisson ... Rasseneur
Jacques Dacqmine ... Philippe Hennebeau
Anny Duperey ... Madame Hennebeau
Gérard Croce Gérard Croce ... Maigrat
Frédéric van den Driessche ... Paul Négrel
Annick Alane Annick Alane ... Madame Grégoire
Pierre Lafont Pierre Lafont ... Léon Grégoire
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Director Claude Berri didn't want anyone but Renaud in the movie. It took three years to convince him and eventually, Renaud disliked his experience on set. He stated that the director had made him his puppet and told him exactly how to act and talk in every scene, leaving no room for a personal touch. Furthermore, the movie was supposed to be 3h38min long but several scenes were cut, most of them involving Renaud's character. The latter said that this made Lantier's part really hard to understand. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Etienne Lantier: Capitalist tyranny is destroying us.
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Alternate Versions

The UK version is cut by about 30 seconds to remove scenes of animal cruelty (two cocks fighting) to comply with the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »

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Version of Germinal (1963) See more »

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Good solid classic story-telling
14 June 2004 | by jonr-3See all my reviews

A straightforward, generally fast-moving, recounting of a gripping social struggle, portrayed without any special effects for special effects' sake (though I think there was plenty of unobtrusive special effects), with the emphasis always on the dramatic line; good acting by all concerned; generally plain, clear photography that served the story-telling and not some "artsy" vision--all these added up, for me, to an enthuasiastic vote of "ten." Cannot praise this film enough. No, it's not some summit of art, but it's a textbook example of how to tell a story, keep the audience's attention, and honor the dramatic basis of the project instead of indulging in "artistic" whims and triviliaties that will appear dated in five or six years.

I'll be watching this one again. (By the way, I found the distant shot of the striking workers marching across the plain especially moving. And I had the feeling throughout the film that this was how things really looked at that terrible period of French, and European, history.)


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France | Belgium | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Germinal See more »

Filming Locations:

Valenciennes, Nord, France See more »

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Budget:

FRF164,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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