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The best of several films of Emile Zola's "L'Assommoir." A 19th-century middle-class family is destroyed by the father's plunge into alcoholism despite a mother's attempts to save them. Well acted but overwhelmingly depressing. In French with English subtitles.

Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL: http://www.homevision.com

Available on Running time 89 minutes. Originally from French.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Period Piece: 19th Century, Family Ties, Books to Film: Emile Zola, On the Rocks
Cast
Maria Schell, Francois Perier, Suzy Delair, Armand Mestral
Director
Rene Clement
Music
Georges Auric
Producer
Continental

Awards

British Acad. 1956: Actor (Perier), Film; N.Y. Film Critics 1957: Foreign Film; Venice Film Fest. 1956: Actress (Schell).

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