23623 wrote:...His actions after the barricade falls. That's the major reason. Usually Javert only wants to check if Valjean is among the bodies. After realizing that Valjean must have escaped, he discovers the entrance of the sewer. That's all. But in the video, right after he climbs up the barricade, he's SMILING at the dead bodies. He smiles again like a few seconds later. And this makes me feel so sick...It's so out of character either way. Yes, Javert is stern, but he's not sadistic. ...
I went back and looked with the youtube enlarged to full screen and you're right, he's smiling in a peculiar way. The bit with him wiping blood off his hand was nice and graphic. His interaction with the dead bodies is in sharp contrast to Valjean's. They both checked them but Javert was -- gloating maybe you'd call it, whereas Valjean was frustrated and sad. I agree with what you said before about it:
In the end there was a moment when Valjean was like "Oh God forgive me, I failed to protect Gavroche, Enjolras, and these students!" ...oh Valjean, you're really an angel.
As for the hairstyle though, I don't know what it was like in 19th century.
Here's a good picture from Pinterest. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/458311699557315078/
It doesn't show the back, but you can tell it's practically all combed forward and there wouldn't be enough back there for a ponytail. Someone with extremely
conservative tastes, like for the fashions of forty years previous (maybe an old man, picture an old hippie couple right now, I've seen 'em and it ain't pretty), might wear his hair tied back, but never fashionable or even ordinary young men. Here is a page with really-a-lot of pictures of 1830 hair. The coin with Louis Philippe's profile shows the lack of a ponytail. http://ellie-valsin.tumblr.com/post/114589876576/mens-hairstyles-ca-1830
Almost every Javert I've seen has long hair so I assume it should be the case (same as Valjean having short hair by default). I actually find short-haired Javert a bit strange because I'm so used to him with long hair.
But thank you for sharing the knowledge!
You're welcome! The only thing I can find in the book about his hair is "his hair concealed his forehead and fell over his eyebrows," meaning it was combed forward like everybody else, and although he didn't get it cut enough I don't believe he would wear it in a style that would call attention to himself.
I don't like movie-Javert's hair and beard. It isn't fierce enough and he hasn't got "enormous whiskers" meaning sideburns. As for Russell Crowe's round, basically pleasant face, just no way
does it correspond to my mental image. This page is funny: https://hellotailor.blogspot.com/2013/02/les-miserables-seriously-javert.html
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I have actually made bullets like they're doing in my avatar. Then loaded the gun with a ramrod, and shot it. But I'm not feeling real good about guns right now.