Theatrical release poster
Directed byRené Clément
Screenplay byJean Aurenche
Pierre Bost
Based onL'Assommoir
by Émile Zola
Produced byAgnès Delahaie
StarringMaria Schell
François Périer
Jany Holt
CinematographyRobert Juillard
Edited byHenri Rust
Music byGeorges Auric
Distributed byLes Films Corona
Release date
  • 3 August 1956 (1956-08-03) (West Germany)
  • 5 September 1956 (1956-09-05) (France)
Running time
120 minutes

Gervaise is a 1956 French film directed by René Clément based on the 1877 novel L'Assommoir by Émile Zola. It depicts a working-class woman in the mid-nineteenth century (played by Maria Schell) trying to cope with the descent of her husband (played by François Périer) into alcoholism. The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 29th Academy Awards.[1] Schell won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 1956 Venice Film Festival for her performance. It won the 1957 BAFTA for Best Film and Best Actor.


See also


  1. ^ "The 29th Academy Awards (1957) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-24.