Les Miserables (1934)

“He makes no vain sacrifice who fights for a cause. All here are ready to die so that our brothers may live as free men. Liberty… sweet liberty… come fight with those who defend you.” – Enjolras

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After being released from prison, a former thief decides to create a new life for himself based on good, but his past always seems to chase after him.

My Take on it – Another great adaptation of this spectacular story by Victor Hugo.

The film takes its time developing these characters and the storyline and this version is nearly 5 hours long.

It may be comprehensive in its scope, but it does let the story play out in such a powerful and intense way.

The message of this classic take is told in full force here about always being able to turn over a new leaf while trying to stay true to the right way of life.

The scenes with the priest towards the beginning of the film are told in a very detailed way and that makes this poignant act even more powerful to watch.

The musical based on this story will always be my favorite, but this film is further proof that even a French language film based on this novel can be so engrossing and enjoyable too.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was presented in three parts respectively called: “Une tempête sous un crâne” (Tempest in a skull), “Les Thénardier” (The Thenardiers – the names of the couple of villains) and “Liberté, liberté chérie” (Freedom, dear Freedom). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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