Les Miserables (1935)
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Richard Boleslawski directed this lavish adaptation of Victor Hugo's oft-filmed epic novel. Fredric March stars as Jean Valjean, who is hauled into prison for stealing a loaf of bread. After ten years at hard labor, he escapes from the merciless prison but the years have taken their toll and Valjean is now a hard and embittered man. Valjean regains his compassion after the kindly Bishop Bienveenu (Cedric Harwicke) refuses to prosecute him for the theft of his candlesticks. Under an assumed name,
Apr 20, 1935 Wide
Apr 24, 2007
Vernon P. Downing
Thomas R. Mills
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Charles Laughton in the part of Javert gave it as much character merely because the character as written was eminent, giving a balance to the whole story.
It isn't a bad example of the Hollywood prestige picture -- there is, at least, some liveliness in the performances.
Nominated for the Best Picture oscar, Boleslawki's adpaptation of the Victor Hugo famous novel is lavishly mounted and well acted by Fredric March and Charles Laughton
While there's no such thing as a timeless '30s Oscarbait literary adaptation, this comes pleasantly within spitting distance of that mark.
Victor Hugo's classic novel is properly presented as a harrowing social conscience period film.
The 1935 film is a powerful version, centering on the antagonism between Valjean and Javert - though the filmmakers had to jettison much of Victor Hugo's pages to set up this dynamic.
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