About the film
Release Date: December 21, 1908
|Production Companies||:||Société cinématographique des auteurs et gens de lettres (SCAGL), Pathé Frères|
|Writers||:||Émile Zola, Albert Capellani, Michel Carré|
Everyman Coupeau's attempts to stop drinking are routinely thwarted by the wicked and vengeful Virginie. Based on Zola's novel, Capellani's film is about the free fall of a group of working-class French folk into degradation and tragedy due to carelessness, jealousy, and alcohol abuse. At the time of its release, L'Assommoir was hugely successful.