Les Mis Movie
Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:16 PM
loved the movie, sure i could pick holes here and there but the piece as a whole was stunning. the additions of bits from the book really helped the storytelling and gave it more depth. It works much better as seen as a whole than judging on little clips. The movie stands in its own right and thankfully is different enough from the stage show (unlike say The Producers movie)
Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:40 PM
Indeed the verse in the film script is all about the cold in a world where there were was no Winter Fuel Allowance - until the point is confused by plague turning up.....
At the end of the day you’re
another day colder
And the shirt on your back
doesn’t keep out the chill.
And the righteous hurry past
They don’t hear the little ones
And the plague is coming on fast
Ready to kill -One day nearer to dying
Historically, if Paris had similar weather to London, the period the musical covers was marked by very bad winters with the Thames frozen over - and Paris seems to have had no plague. The original lyric had it right.
Did the screenplay writer just assume people didn't die of cold, did they not want to suggest it was winter for continuity reasons, or is there some modern reason not to raise the point?
Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:13 PM
Also, I thought the concluding scene was supposed to be set at another rebellion, some years on. Did I miss something? Or was it just ghost people and a ghost barricade?
To djp's question, as I understood it, the narrative was heading into winter at that point in the film, which I base on the fact Fantine was street walking in winter and the Thenardier scenes, which follow immediately on Fantine's death, were set around the Christmas period.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:16 PM
no i never heard him say that at all.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:20 PM
I'd read about that too and didn't notice it either. There was just the shot of Gavroche crying. I thought the aftermath of her death could have been done better, especially considering Sam & Eddie's A Little Fall of Rain was so good!
Ghost barricade, it was all the people who'd died, hence the focus on Eponine, Enjolras, the other barricade boys and Gavroche, and why Fantine and Valjean witness it. All ties in with the lyrics: "They will live again in freedom in the garden of the Lord....the chains will be broken and all men will have their reward".
Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:23 PM
Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:27 PM
Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:30 PM
This point always seems to come up when a good actor tries to get away with being miscast in a singing role. I may be cynical but I don't think it's too much to expect in this world which is full and arguably over saturated with strong triple threat performers for the part to be given to someone who can both sing and act extremely well. They only needed to find a double threat, not even a triple!
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:49 PM
Indeed, and the stage show in recent years has had the whole range - from people who can sing but not act well , and vice versa , to people, who can sing exceptionally well and act as well, or better, than their equivalents working in stage or film. The issue presumably is whether the PTB think they would sell as many tickets with one of them, as they would with a well known film star.
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