This page lists film and television adaptations of Zola’s works. We welcome any suggestions for content to add to this page.
- Gervaise– a 1956 adaptation See Guy’s review. (Posters and Stills)
La Bête Humaine
- Human Desire (1954, American noir adaptation). See Guy’s review.
- La Bête Humaine (1938, directed by Jean Renoir. See Guy’s review.
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)
- Germinal, directed by Claude Berri (1993). See IMDB or Movie Images.
- Prisoner of Honor (1991, the story behind the Dreyfus Affair). See Guy’s review.
- Thérèse Raquin (1953, in French) See IMDB.
- Thérèse Raquin (1980, in English) See Guy’s review.
- “In Secret” (due for release in 2014).
- Not a film, but a New York Times review of an audiobook version.
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.
A1953 version, French, of Thérèse Raquin. Not a bad version, but it’s not my favourite Zola.
A 1980 version which isn’t bad at all.
That last version of TR is British, btw. Anyway, please just add these to the page and then you can delete the comments if you want. Or not.
Human Desire (1954) is an American noir adaptation of La Bete Humanine.
Here’s a 1938 version of La Bete Humaine
Directed by Jean Renoir.
Those interested in Zola may want to check out Prisoner of Honor (1991). The story behind the Dreyfus Affair:
Here’s a review of Au Bonheur des Dames
I might have mentioned it before – not sure – there is a new movie called “Cezanne et moi” about Zola.
Yes, it came out in 2016. I haven’t seen it yet… I’m hoping to get it on DVD so I can practise my French:)
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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Thanks for telling us about this… I might see if I can get a copy, thank you!
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Let us know how you go Lisa! I wonder if it will have English subtitles?
Most of the French series I’ve got do have subtitles… producers aren’t silly, they know that subtitles expand their market, eh?