Well, all of the boys look similar so it's hard to tell the first time if you don't know French, especially because the actorss don't really fit the book descriptions and a couple boys are cut out.
eta: I will never get over how INEXPLICABLY GRIMY this series is though. EVERYTHING: COVERED IN GRIME WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
hazellwood wrote:I actually like that in some places? Like the 1957 film has everything not-dirty even the Thenardiers and stuff, so...
See, this is EXACTLY WHY I love him so much.
Frédérique wrote:See, this is EXACTLY WHY I love him so much.
Ditto-o! And that scene! Their little dramatic-but-playful tune! And! Yes!
The grime works well as a visual (because it's realistic) (although I do believe that Courfeyrac could wash a bit more often), in my opinion, but is problematic as an image, in that ... there is so little light around (and not just because E. isn't blond) it sort of eliminates the book's constant undercurrent of hope. Especially in combination with the changed ending. This is a film you watch and say 'yeah, I really do get why it's got misérables in the title'. Whereas the '57 one is all BRIGHT EFFING COLOURS, which are super-pretty - I adore their Rue Plumet garden - but also ... hm. It rains about as seldom in that film as it rains pretty much constantly in this one. (Perhaps that's the origin of "A Little Fall of Rain". What problem can a little more probably pose when it's pouring all the time anyway?) (And viewed like that, it actually makes sense as a sort of transfiguration of the 'agony of death after the agony of life' concept. Haha.)
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