Gervaise (1956) DVD9 Criterion Collection
Grim period film of 19th century Paris that encompasses the human condition about the lower-classes, poverty and alcoholism, and of one woman's desperate attempt to rise out of her utter despair.

Gervaise (Maria Schell) is a lame washer-woman whose lover (Armand Mestral) abandons her and their two children. Eventually she marries a roofer, Coupeau (Francois Perier), who becomes an alcoholic after he's injured in a fall. With the help of a loan from a friend (Jacques Harden), a blacksmith who secretly loves her, she opens her own laundry shop, but her troubles are just beginning.

This was the fifth and most lavish screen version of Zola's L’Assommoir.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:57:24 | 6.98 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais, Russian
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

Director: Rene Clement
Cast: Maria Schell, Francois Perier, Jany Holt, Mathilde Casadesus, Florelle
Country: France

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