Zola on Screen

This page lists film and television adaptations of Zola’s works.  We welcome any suggestions for content to add to this page.


La Bête Humaine

Au Bonheur des Dames

  •  Au Bonheur des Dames by Julien Duvivier (1930, see Guy’s review) and by André Cayatte (1943),
  • Zum Paradies der Damen by Lupu Pick (1922)
  • The Paradise (BBC series, 2012 and 2013)



  • Prisoner of Honor (1991, the story behind the Dreyfus Affair). See Guy’s review.

Thérèse Raquin

16 comments on “Zola on Screen

  1. Guy Savage says:

    I was trying to add to this but couldn’t access the page except as a comment, so perhaps you could add this to the page for me:
    Gervaise– a 1956 adaptation of L’Assommoir. Here’s a link to my review:



    • I think Lisa sent you an official ‘invite’ so you can be a full-fledged contributor and add content, links, the works at will instead of only in the comment section. If you didn’t receive it, let me know and I’ll send out another.


  2. Guy Savage says:

    A1953 version, French, of Thérèse Raquin. Not a bad version, but it’s not my favourite Zola.


  3. Guy Savage says:

    Human Desire (1954) is an American noir adaptation of La Bete Humanine.


  4. Guy Savage says:

    Here’s a 1938 version of La Bete Humaine

    Directed by Jean Renoir.


  5. Guy Savage says:

    Those interested in Zola may want to check out Prisoner of Honor (1991). The story behind the Dreyfus Affair:


  6. Edie says:

    I might have mentioned it before – not sure – there is a new movie called “Cezanne et moi” about Zola.


  7. mbproeger says:

    The first novel, La Fortune des Rougon, was made into a TV series in France in the 1980s (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0313074/) and has recently been released on DVD (https://www.fnac.com/a14886630/Coffret-La-Fortune-des-Rougon-DVD-Madeleine-Robinson-DVD-Zone-2), but sadly this only seems to be available in France.

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