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Drink (1908)

L'assommoir (original title)
Part One: The opening scene shows the interior of the squalid little home, where Gervaise has waited all night for Lantier's return, but when the latter enters the place, he casts the ... See full summary »

Director:

Albert Capellani

Writers:

Émile Zola (novel), Albert Capellani (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alexandre Arquillière Alexandre Arquillière ... Coupeau
Jacques Grétillat Jacques Grétillat ... Lantier
Jacques Varennes ... (as Varennes)
Gabrielle Réjane ... (as Réjane)
Eugénie Nau ... Gervaise
Antoine Antoine
Henri Gouget Henri Gouget
Catherine Fonteney Catherine Fonteney ... Virginie
Mansuelle Mansuelle ... Mes-Bottes
Bazin Bazin ... Bec-Salé
Lucien Callamand Lucien Callamand ... Bibi (as Paul Lack)
Irma Perrot Irma Perrot ... Madame Boche
Marie-Louise Roger Marie-Louise Roger ... Nana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Baur
Paul Capellani
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Storyline

Part One: The opening scene shows the interior of the squalid little home, where Gervaise has waited all night for Lantier's return, but when the latter enters the place, he casts the tearful woman aside with a gesture of ill-humor, begging her to leave him in peace. Gervaise takes her bundle of clothes and starts for the public wash house, where, after being assigned to a place, she begins her toil. A young woman named Virginie enters, and taking her place at a tub next to Gervaise, taunts the latter about the loss of her lover, for it is Virginie who has supplanted Gervaise in the affections of Lantier. Soon a little boy arrives at the laundry with a note which he hands to Gervaise, and the latter on opening it reads the following soul-crushing words: "I have had enough of your jealous outbursts, and have decided to leave you. Don't worry about me: I have found consolation. Lantier." The disconsolate woman's rival stands by with a triumphant sneer on her face and under her breath ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 October 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drink See more »

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Production Co:

Pathé Frères See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Good (but not great) movie
9 October 2011 | by ostia666See all my reviews

Greatly surprised no one has commented on this movie yet. At the time of its release, L'Assommoir was hugely successful. Based on Zola's novel, this movie is about the free fall of human beings, deals with degradation, alcoholism and it is, in short, a very pessimistic story.

Reading the book first would help a lot understand the plot since the film is a little old-fashioned when it comes to introducing the scenes (very few intertitles explain the action rather than speaking for the characters). Dialogs wouldn't be introduced till the 10's, by then only a few years away, but despite its flaws at story-telling, the camera shots are quite complex for its day and it was beautifully filmed. If it were a talking picture, it certainly would be a great movie.

Director Albert Capellani was one of the greatest at the moment. The movie runs for over 35 minutes making it one of the longest released up to its date (10 to 12 minutes one-reelers were just the norm). Besides, it was the beginning of film d'art, and taking plots from famous novels would dignify the film industry. All this proves that L'assemmoir was a pioneer in many different aspects. Hence I can't even figure out how no one has commented on this one yet.


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