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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

    Synopsis

    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.

    Source : Wikipedia

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    Production and distribution (3)

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    About

    Production

    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".

    Release

    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.

    Source : Wikipedia

    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

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Literary adaptation , Drama

    Themes :

    Fate

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    Germany, Italy, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Germany, Italy, France)

    Production year :

    1958

    French release :

    12/03/1958

    Runtime :

    3 h 37 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    15430

    Visa issue date :

    04/03/1958

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    CinemaScope

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Posters (2)

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