Essential Art House: Gervaise
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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I was urged to buy it since it was shortly going to be withdrawn from the catalogue, and am very glad I did so.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.
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The story of ‘Gervaise’ reminded me, in many ways, of my beloved ‘Les Miserables’. The atmosphere and expanse of storytelling more than anything else. Read morePublished on June 6, 2014 by Andrew Ellington
Director Rene Clement and actress Maria Schell excel in this adaptation of the novel "L'Assommoir" ("The Dram Shop") by French literary writer Emile Zola. Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by Ballet Fan
A story about life in the Parisian slums? No maudlin sentimentality, no sex, no murder, no rape, no villains? Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Gerard D. Launay
Gervaise and Forbidden Games both directed by Rene Clement are two of the most beautifully visual films ever made. Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by John Cacciatore