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Les Miserables

Les Miserables

A Feature film by Jean-Paul Le Chanois

Produced by Production Artistique et Cinématographique (PAC), Pathé Production

Release in France : 12/03/1958

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Foreign production companies :

Defa Studio Babelsberg, Serena Film

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The bishop's background is briefly sketched rather than detailed as in the novel. Javert is a young boy, the son of a guard in the Toulon prison, when he sees Valjean as a convict. Sister Simplice admits Valjean and Cosette to the convent instead of Father Fauchevent. Thénardier, in disguise, meets Marius and proves to him with the help of newspaper clippings that he is completely mistaken about Valjean's criminal past.

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Called "the most memorable film version", it was filmed in East Germany and was overtly political. Of the many film adaptations of the novel, this has been called "the one most popular with audiences in postwar France". One noteworthy plot change was made to accommodate the fact that the actors playing the roles of Valjean and Javert were far apart in age, rather than near contemporaries as in the novel. Instead of Javert recognizing Valjean as a convict he had often guarded years earlier, he remembers how, when he was just a boy, his prison guard father had pointed out this man as "the worst kind of prisoner, who tried to escape four times".


The New York Times described it as one of the first French "blockbusters" that appeared in response to such lengthy feature films as Around the World in 80 Days and The Ten Commandments. It said it was "a ponderous four-hour retelling of Victor Hugo's oft-filmed epic.... Not a page is skipped... Too literary, it has the saving grace of Jean Gabin's truly heroic depiction of Jean Valjean plus some stirring scenes on the barricades." It was a "quintessential Gabin role ... that of a loner, an outsider, usually a member of the lower orders who may flirt with love and happiness but knows they are not for him".

The film did not premiere in New York until July 1989, when it ran to coincide with the celebration of the bicentennial of the French Revolution.

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Full credits (20)

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Jean-Paul Le Chanois, Michel Audiard, René Barjavel

Author of original work :

Victor Hugo

Screenwriters :

Jean-Paul Le Chanois, Michel Audiard, René Barjavel

Sound recordist :

Nathalie Baye

Assistant Operators :

Jacques Lacourie, Max Lechevallier

Production managers :

Louis Duchesne, Paul Cadéac

Assistant Editor :

Jacqueline Aubery

Production Designer :

Serge Pimenoff

Costume designers :

Marcel Escoffier, Frédéric Junker

Still Photographer :

Roger Corbeau

Dialogue Writers :

Jean-Paul Le Chanois, Michel Audiard, René Barjavel

Producers :

André Hunebelle, Adrien Remaugé, Pierre Cabaud, René Bezard

Director of Photography :

Jacques Natteau

Sound Assistant :

René Sarazin

Camera operators :

Henri Tiquet, Alain Douarinou

Editor :

Emma Le Chanois

Continuity supervisor :

Geneviève Cortier

Music Composer :

Georges Van Parys

Narrator :

Jean Topart

Location Manager :

Jean Feix

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Feature film

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Literary adaptation , Drama

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Germany, Italy, France

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Majority French (Germany, Italy, France)

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3 h 37 min

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