Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables (181 min. English dubbed) “This 1982 adaption, directed by Robert Hossein and starring Lino Ventura and Jean Carmet, is French filmmaking at its finest…..this haunting masterpiece is packed with cinematic artistry, wonderful costume design, and beautiful sets.
Running time: 181 min.
This is the moving story of Jean Valjean, a convict freshly out of prison after serving nineteen years hard labor for stealing a loaf of bread. By the time of his release, he had built up a tremendous bitterness toward society. But an unthinkable act of mercy and generosity by a saintly small-town bishop drastically alters the trajectory of Valjean’s life. From that point on, Valjean determines to live as an honest man. Javert, an extremely zealous police chief who once supervised Valjean’s work gang, is never far behind, and is determined to have Valjean back in prison for breaking parole. Monsieur and Madame Thenardier, the owners of an inn in Montfermeil, are also pursuing Valjean for their own corrupt and dishonest ends. The story takes us from one end of France to the other, from the very top of Parisian society to the very bottom, from Waterloo to the July Revolution of 1830 and the student-led uprising of 1832 which serves as the story’s climax.