Monday, September 1, 2014

Germinal -- September 1, 2014

Moving Picture World, 03-January-1914.

In honor of Labor Day, I am writing about Germinal, Pathé's major production of 1914, based on the novel by Émile Zola.  Zola wrote about coal miners.  The mine owners treat the miners the way coal mine owners usually treat miners, cutting their wages and making their work conditions worse.  The families of the miners sink into poverty and hunger.  The miners strike.  The owners respond with violence. 

The novel is regarded as a classic in France and has been filmed at least three times. 

Moving Picture World, 10-January-1914.
Moving Picture World, 17-January-1914
Moving Picture World, 24-January-1914
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