How did you guys feel about the epilogue?
At least at the beginning of the movie they made it clear that the story doesn't take place during the French Revolution.
I think they helped to show that the uprising was citywide, and the students did have support, just not enough. In the musical it often seems easy to assume that they were a small, naive group of students facing the might of the National Guard, when this wasn't the case. I also liked how they tried to dispel the whole "schoolboys, never held a gun" but I am not sure that they did a good job of show that the students did have reason to believe that they would succeed. Thoughts?
Also, the rather hopeful ending showing the success of the revolution sixteen years later. I like that it showed that the students did not die in vain, that even a failed revolution can be the basis of success later. However, given that the 1948 revolution was ultimately successful, the ending could easily leave people with the wrong impressions. Furthermore, a lack of explaination meant that when I saw the movie, a lot of people didn't understand why they included the ending, and thought it was merely symbolic, or that it was added solely so the movie could end on a hopeful note.