DVD - 2009 | French
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A crippled washerwoman with two young children in nineteenth-century Paris struggles to help support her family and raise her children despite her new husband's--and ultimately her own--decline into alcoholism.
Publisher: New York, NY : Criterion Collection, 2009
ISBN: 9781604652079
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE GERV
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in


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Jan 07, 2016

This is a 1956 French drama directed by René Clément based on the novel L'Assommoir by Émile Zola.
It depicts a working-class woman in the mid-nineteenth century.
Gervaise played by Maria Schell copes with the descent of her husband into alcoholism while making her dream come true.
It is quite interesting to view a horse-driven ambulance and the primitive yet clamorous conditions of a wash-house.
The fight between Gervaise and a bad-mouthing woman in the wash-house is such a sight that it is more fun than seeing women's professional wrestling.

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