Qty:1

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Essential Art House: Gervaise
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Essential Art House: Gervaise


Price: $19.96 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
In Stock.
Sold by MoreThanMachines and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
11 new from $13.95 7 used from $8.48
Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
1-Disc Version
$19.96
$13.95 $8.48

Explore The Criterion Store

TV Deal of the Week
Interested in learning more about Criterion titles or the Criterion brand? Visit the Criterion Store to browse pre-orders, new releases, and best sellers. Shop now


Frequently Bought Together

Essential Art House: Gervaise + Essential Art House: Mayerling
Price for both: $31.15

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product Details

  • Actors: Maria Schell, François Périer, Jany Holt, Mathilde Casadesus, Florelle
  • Directors: René Clément
  • Writers: Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost, Émile Zola
  • Producers: Agnès Delahaie
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002E01M9M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Essential Art House: Gervaise" on IMDb

Special Features

None.

Editorial Reviews

One of France's most respected directors of the postwar era, Rene Clement directed such searing psychological dramas as Forbidden Games and Purple Noon. And Gervaise, his vivid 1956 adaptation of Emile Zola's 1877 masterpiece L'assommoir, is no exception. An uncompromising depiction of a lowly laundress's struggles to deal with an alcoholic husband while running her own business, Gervaise was nominated for an Oscar, and the indomitable Maria Schell earned best actress honors at the Venice Film Festival.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
5 star
9
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 10 customer reviews
I highly recommend this powerful film!
CARLOS ROMERO
Until the very end, when her small laundry business is trashed by her alcoholic, abusive husband, she faces her harsh life with optimism and sheer determination.
Gerard D. Launay
This director was certainly blessed with unparaleled artistic ability and it is a honor and joy to view these films.
John Cacciatore

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter M on October 14, 2009
Format: DVD
I was only 12 years old when I saw this film in 1957 in New Zealand and at that tender age rated it as one of the very best films that I had ever seen.Seeing it on television several times in recent years has not diminished my feelings in calling this an unforgettable masterpiece.This is one of those rare classics that still lingers in the mind fifty years later.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. L. Mason on April 4, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A classic film of a classic book.
Seeing a film from 1956 now, is always a bit risky in terms of what to expect, but I was very pleasantly rewarded. I had read the book too long ago to remember its details, but not its impact - and the film in no way came up short. It was very well acted by Maria Schell, and the supporting cast was generally very good.
I was urged to buy it since it was shortly going to be withdrawn from the catalogue, and am very glad I did so.
The print is very decent for its age, and although I would not elevate this film into the pantheon of all time greats, its classical pedigree and excellent period mood make it way above average for its vintage.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Cacciatore on January 22, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Gervaise and Forbidden Games both directed by Rene Clement are two of the most beautifully visual films ever made. This director was certainly blessed with unparaleled artistic ability and it is a honor and joy to view these films. And, of course, Maria Schell's once in a lifetime performance delivers a real knock out punch. MUST SEE!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on June 6, 2014
Format: DVD
The story of ‘Gervaise’ reminded me, in many ways, of my beloved ‘Les Miserables’. The atmosphere and expanse of storytelling more than anything else. While the film does deal with similar themes, it is entirely its own story. Still, the comparison was a benefit, at least for me, since it made me fall even quicker in love with this tale.

‘Gervaise’ tells the story of a young mother who is a gimp, working hard to support herself and her mooching boyfriend who eventually leaves her destitute and alone, and with her name smeared all over the towns gossip. She moves on from this tragedy to find and fall for a seemingly charming man who wants to take care of her. Sadly, on the eve of a life changing event (where Gervaise is going to become her own boss, buying a launderette), her husband has a tragic accident that costs him his job and his confidence. While on the outset it may appear that they have collectively moved on from this tragedy, Gervaise’s husband Henri has turned to alcohol to kill his pain and this has caused a riff in their marriage. Enter a few faces from the past that only bring with them conniving pain and misery and you have the story of Gervaise’s life.

Overall, this is a tremendous film from renowned French director Rene Clement. The performances across the board are stellar, with the men in Gervaise’s life taking center stage. Francois Perier is devastating as Henri, but for me it was Armand Mestral who stole the whole film as the conniving and self-centered Lantier. He’s devilish in all the right places and completely gets under the skin with a single glace. I love an actor that is working it, even when he’s not the focal point of a scene. He lingers in the background and his face says so much.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Seda on July 8, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had seen this a long time ago and had forgotten all the details. Seeing it again, I realized how Victor Hugo like it was, but with far more gritty realism. I do not think any American director could have come close to the impact this made on me. Maria Schell did this role perfectly and the rest of the cast was excellent, but Rene Clement was fabulous in his portrayals and editing. This is definitely one of the best films I have seen, and from a genre that is not normally one of my favorites.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


MoreThanMachines Privacy Statement MoreThanMachines Shipping Information MoreThanMachines Returns & Exchanges