Les Misérables (1934) French Film (2/5)



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Barely less driven than Gance's quiet epic (and shot by a similar man: Jules Kruger), Raymond Bernard's four-and-a-half-hour adjustment of Victor Hugo's mammoth nineteenth century entryway stopper is one of the significant accomplishments of the early stable period – Hollywood wouldn't endeavor anything like this inconvenient term as a talkie until Gone with the Wind in 1939.

Hugo's story has roused countless film forms, however across three full length parts Bernard's scrambles head and shoulders above them all by giving legitimate degree for the creator's numerous characters and plot strands to grow, at the same time transferring convict Jean Valjean's celebrated existence with a familiar artistic style that is propping to watch. Take the scenes at the blockades, as understudy revolt immerses Paris in the film's last area: these are permitted to happen more than 50 or more minutes, making an unprecedented political quickness that rivals anything in, state, Mike Leigh's Peterloo (2018). What an odd idea that Bernard's film is currently nearer to the hour of the novel's production than our own.


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