Germinal

The story is set in a little, 19th Century town in the South of France. Etienne Lantier and his workmates toil 12 hours a day for a pittance in Maheu’s group. Fed up with enduring the harsh working conditions, he attempts to organize a strike, with the aim of improving wages and conditions. Etienne falls in love with Catherine, the daughter of a fellow miner, but her loyalty to her father and local traditions force her to marry the rude Chaval. When an anarchist floods the coalface, Etienne, Catherine and Chaval are trapped. Etienne is the only one to survive.

Director: Yves Allégret
Writer: Emile Zola (Germinal, novel)
Screenplay: Charles Spaak
D.O.P.: Jean Bourgoin, Barnabás Hegyi
Editor: Henri Rust
Music: Michael Magne
Sound: Robert Teisseire, Antoine Archaimbaud, Gábor Erdélyi
Art Director: Lucien Aguettand, Jaques Paris, Béla Zeichán
Costume Designer: Lomballe, Zsazsa Lázár, Jaques Cottin
Still Photo: Tibor Inkey
Production Manager: Lajos Óvári
Head of Studio: Eugene Tucherer, Ottó Föld
Production Company: Boulogne Seine – Hunnia Filmstúdió

Cast: Jean Sorel - Tibor Bitskey, Bethe Grandval - Myrtill Nádassy, Sándor Pécsi, Lea Padovani - Klári Tolnay, Bernard Blier - Miklós Szakáts, Claude Cerval - Gábor Mádi Szabó, Claude Brasseur - István Avar, Simone Valére - Zsuzsa Bánki, Zoltán Makláry, Philip Lemaire - György Kálmán, Marianne Krencsey, Gábor Koncz, Pierre Destailles - Zoltán Gera, Jaqueline Porel - Mariann Csernus, Béla Barsi, Gábor Agárdy, Zoltán Basilides, Itala Békés, László Csákányi, Gabrielle Dorziat, Paulette Dubost, Anikó Felföldi, Zsuzsa Farkas, György Gonda, Árpád Gyenge, István Jahner, Lajos Kelemen, Erzsi Máthé, László Misoga, József Madaras, Sándor Siménfalvy, Bertalan Solti, Ottó Szokolay, Endre Tallós, Viktória Újváry, Tamás Verdes, Miklós Zoltay

1963, Hungarian feature film, black and white, 113 min., 35 mm

Awards:
  • 1964 – The Hungarian Film Critics’ Prize for Best Actor, Gábor Koncz