Renowned French writer and journalist, Émile Zola has largely inspired television and cinema with his literary works. While Germinal is getting a makeover, look back at 3 other series adapted from his novels to see on madelen.
An inexhaustible source of inspiration, the novels of the writer Émile Zola are today anchored in French culture. Within his impressive literary saga The Rougon-Macquart, there are works of worship, such as L’Assommoir, To the Happiness of the Ladies, as well as Germinal, recently adapted in series for France 2.
While this new version of Zola’s essential novel on the living conditions of the working class at the end of the 19th century will soon be broadcast on television, three other series adapted from his writings are to be reviewed. on the madelen platform !
The Fortune of the Rougons
In 1980, the director Yves-André Hubert and the writer Emmanuel Roblès adapted in five episodes La Fortune des Rougons, the very first volume of the literary cycle devoted to the Rougon-Macquart. This major work presents the origins of this famous “Natural and social history of a family under the Second Empire”, deployed over 20 novels published between 1871 and 1893.
Madeleine Robinson plays Adélaïde Fouque, the matriarch of this family whose story begins in the small town of Plassans. From his union with the gardener Rougon was born a son named Pierre (played by Christian Barbier). Following the death of her husband, Adelaide has an affair with a drunken smuggler, with whom she will have two children, Ursule and Antoine Macquart (Daniel Russo).
Over the years, however, a rivalry develops between Antoine and Pierre, the latter being ready to do anything to keep his share of the family inheritance to the detriment of his half-brother. Thanks to the series La Fortune des Rougons, discover the premises of Émile Zola’s romantic fresco.
The series adapted from Zola’s novels are also an opportunity to (re) discover certain French actors at their beginnings. In 1981, Véronique Genest, unforgettable interpreter of Julie Lescaut, landed her first major role in the series Nana directed by Maurice Cazeneuve.
Her real name Anna Coupeau, the actress and courtesan is also one of the many great-granddaughters of Adélaïde Fouque. The story of her parents, Gervaise Macquart and Coupeau, is also at the heart of the story of L’Assommoir.
When they discover the young woman on the stage of the Renaissance theater, journalists, aristocrats and other renowned spectators are speechless. Who is this new darling of “Tout-Paris” so mysterious? Discover her story in Nana, the series that revealed Véronique Genest to the public, on the Madelen platform.
Eight years before making La Fortune des Rougons, Yves-André Hubert had already set about adapting another novel of this essential work: Pot-Bouille. In five episodes (cut into seven on the Madelen platform), it depicts the daily life of the tenants of a bourgeois building in the Paris of the Second Empire.
Its hero, Octave Mouret (Roger van Hool) is the grandson of Pierre Rougon and Ursule Macquart, and consequently the great grandson of Adélaïde Fouque. While he comes to settle in the French capital to make his fortune, he will bond with the different inhabitants of the place, guided by his host Mr. Compardon (Pierre Tornade).
Scandals, secrets, infidelities and other tricks are on the program of this social satire in which Zola denounces the hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie of his time.
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