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Les Miserables [Blu-ray]
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I have seen Les Miserables on stage in Los Angeles and NYC and also an off-Broadway cast that performed it locally. I also saw an ancient B&W film version in a film appreciation class years ago. I do not recall any miscast actors/tresses in the above 1957 production. Overall it is excellent. Yes, the uncle/ward of Marius has some humor written into his part, but he pulls it off well. Thenardier was rather unsavory and lacked the comic relief of the Broadway version. The relationship between Marius and Eponine is expounded upon and is quite poignant. I don't recall much about either Cosette.
An extra note---My ancient VHS copy of this had an entirely different cover. It was distributed by the Bridgestone Group and the only date on it was 1992 for the Sleeve Design. The cover says this was "filmed entirely in France, near or at the actual places where the events from the story took place." It mentions French star Jean Gabin and director Jean-Paul Le Chanois and that it is complete and uncut in its' original 210 minute length. It mentions none of the other cast members.Read more ›
This film, like the book, is long (over 3 hrs) and yet (again like the book) it never drags or disappoints. Victor Hugo would have been pleased, I think, with Jean Gabin as Jean Valjean, and surely any lover of this fine novel would be as well. I highly recommend this film - especially for use in high school and college classes, for Le Chanois has directed a marvelous production from beginning to end. I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
Since there is no product overview, and since this film is often confused with other versions, here is a formal description:
Les Miserables [VHS] (1957) - A Franco-Italian production.
Inspiring and rarely seen rendition of Victor Hugo's classic novel, with Jean Gabin as Jean Valjean, a petty thief who strives desperately to put his past behind him while a relentless lawman pursues him. Daniele Delorme, Bernard Blier also star. 210 min. Dubbed in English.
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unfortunatly no original laguage track and the voice actor don't realy fit the caracters, but a good moviePublished 12 months ago by Jacques Duguay
Athough a little bit slow in some secenes it remains the classic. Gabin's performance is outstanding.Published 19 months ago by Luis Miramontes
Best, most accurate depiction of the epic novel. Don't expect music.Published 20 months ago by Barbara Elaryia de Groot
French with English subtitles that disappear from scene before reading complete. Acting mediocre in my opinion.. I purchased as a "L. M. Read morePublished 20 months ago by benredbone
Was not expecting it to be in french with english sub-titles as the vhs version was dubbed in english. Given that, the sub-titles were small and went by to fast. Read morePublished 22 months ago by dennis Atkinson
This is my favorite movie of all times. There were many versions, but this 1956 French version with Jean Gabin is simply the best. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ivan Aleksa
I prefer the more recent versions of this superb story. Countless movie classics exist with renditions that will never de surpassed. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Alexander Benet