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The musical version of Les Mis started out as a concept album in 1979, composed by Claude-Michel Schönberg with French language lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, which was staged at the Palais des Sports in 1980. However, the production was unsuccessful, and closed after three months when the booking contract expired. In 1983, stage director Peter Farago convinced producer Cameron Mackintosh to finance an English-language adaptation. On 8 October 1985, the English version, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, opened in London by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Center. The London show was a resounding success, leading to a Broadway production. See more »
When we first see Enjolras speaking before the crowd during "Look Down", he and Marius are holding pamphlets in their hands. When Enjolras sings his line "Where is the king who runs this show?", he raises his hand above his head and the camera does a quick cut for a close up -- revealing that the pamphlet has vanished from his hands. See more »
Look down, look down, don't look them in the eye.
Look down, look down, you're here until you die.
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"The Director would like to thank his parents Meredith and Richard Hooper, Rachel Hooper, Ben Hooper and Roger Mortimer for introducing him to musicals." See more »
After seeing the stage play several times I was apprehensive that the film would live up to the spectacle of the stage version. Not at all disappointed.
You are gripped by the story line and characters from the offset, and quickly tune into the emotion of the lyrics and music.
Putting a musical into a film was a risk, but it paid off because the story is the music. The sets are vast but simplistic, relating to the stage play.
Hugh Jackman played a blinding role, as did Anne Hathaway and Amanda Siegfried. Russell Crowe played a great 'baddie' but his signing wasn't really the highlight of his role.
Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter were both excellent for the roles they played of the innkeeper and his wife, the lightness in the darkness of the film, very funny.
Without giving away and spoilers, its difficult to describe how truly emotionally charged the film is, but as soon as the haunting music and chilling lyrics start, you do get a rush of pure sadness in places. So moving.
You know a film is good when the cinema audience give a round of applause at the end, and they did.
A must see film, at the cinema, for the pure spectacle and sound track.
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