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Les Misérables (20-Oct-1982)

Director: Robert Hossein

Writers: Alain Decaux; Robert Hossein

From novel by: Victor Hugo

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Michel Bouquet
6-Nov-1925   Totò the Hero
Fernand Ledoux
24-Jan-1897 21-Sep-1993 La Bête Humaine
Lino Ventura
14-Jul-1919 22-Oct-1987 The Threepenny Opera


Review by Artemis Entreri (posted on 13-Dec-2008)

Maybe the best version of the movie (tie with the 1957 version). Hossein made it dark, surrealistic and beautiful. It has a wonderful athmosphere and it's very faithful to the book. The actors are well-chosen: not stars but strong character actors. Lino Ventura is a great Valjean, and he doesn't have the problems that other actors have: you can believe him that he was really a criminal and that he is extremely strong. Plus he's not so popular that you would see the actor and not the character. Michel Bouquet is a perfect Javert. When I want to say something wrong, I can't say other that he had no sideburns, but otherwise, he was the Lawr Incarnate. And finally, somebody who understands the character and plays him as the cold, honest, cruel, but NOT evil man he is! I cried for him. Maybe the most beautiful scene is the first attack on the barricade. It's a long slow-motion in the fog and fire, and you barely hear the shots, you just hear sad music and see people fall. A lot of directors, especially Peter Jackson, stole this type of scene, but it doesn't make it less powerful.

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