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What adaptations have you watched/heard?

Postby Lugitum » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:28 am

There are various adaptations of Les Misérables that have been released:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptation ... 3%A9rables

There are tv, film, animation, radio, musical, plays, concerts, comics, games, and books adaptations. Here are the tv/film/animation/radio adaptations that I have watched/heard:

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Major TV/Film/Animation/Radio Adaptations Watched/Listened:
Year   Country      Format         Length
1934   France      Film         4:40
1935   United States   Film         1:48
1937   United States   Radio         3:12
1943   Mexico      Film         1:43
1948   Italy      Film         3:00
1952   United States   Film         1:45
1958   France      Film         3:37
1961-3   France      TV Film Trilogy      5:00
1972   France      TV Mini-Series      4:05
1978   United Kingdom   TV Film         2:30
1982   France      Film         3:40
1982   United States   Radio         3:39
1998   United States   Film         2:14
2000   France (Long)   TV Mini-Series      6:40
2001   United Kingdom   Radio         5:40
2002   United States   Radio         2:48
2012   United Kingdom   Film         2:38

Minor TV/Film/Animation/Radio Adaptations Watched/Listened:
Year   Country      Format         Length
1952   United States   Radio         0:46
1966   USSR      Animated Short      0:17
1972   India      Film         2:33
1977   Japan      Animated Short      0:21
1977   USSR      Claymation Short   0:09
1978   Japan      TV Animated Series   2:05
1979   Japan      Animated Short      1:09
1988   Ireland      Animated Short      0:48
1995   France      Film         2:55
2014   Usa (?)      Youtube Animated Short   0:12


The 2014 Youtube animated short one is from Youtube.com/Story. The 1978 UK and 1982 France adaptations have two lengths, and I've only seen the shorter versions so far. I listed 17 major adaptations. I consider major adaptations to be ones that:
-Are at least 90 minutes long.
-Adapt at least 50% of the book.
-Are direct adaptations, meaning they are not "inspired by Les Misérables" and set in a different time/place.
-Are easily available for watching/listening/download/purchase.

I have watched/heard 17 of the 23 major available tv/film/animation/radio adaptations. Here are the ones that I haven't watched/heard yet:

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Year   Country      Format         Length
1964   Italy      TV Mini-Series      10:02:41
1992   France      TV Animated Series   10:14:13
1993   France      TV Animated Series    1:35:00
2000   France (Short)   TV Mini-Series       2:52:40
2007   Japan      TV Animated Series   22:51:16
2012   France      Radio          4:00:00


When they made the 2000 France television mini-series, they simultaneously made a nearly 3 hours long version, which is spoken in English. The 1993 France version is a summarized shorter version of the 1992 France version.

I have seven minor film adaptations which I haven't watched yet:

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Year   Country      Format         Length
1937   USSR      Film          1:12:01
1944   Egypt      Film          1:12:12 (Incomplete Download)
1950   India      Film          2:33:37 (Beedala Patlu)
1955   India      Film          2:30:58
1967   Turkey      Film          1:26:59
1978   Egypt      Film          2:09:05
1989   Vietnam      Film          1:53:25


Here is how I rank the 23 major adaptations, not in a full order, but in general tiers:

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Tier 1:
1934   France      Film         4:40
1935   United States   Film         1:48
2001   United Kingdom   Radio         5:40

Tier 2:
1937   United States   Radio         3:12
1978   United Kingdom   TV Film         2:30
2000   France (Long)   TV Mini-Series      6:40

Tier 3:
1958   France      Film         3:37
1961-3   France      TV Film Trilogy      5:00
1982   France      Film         3:40
2002   United States   Radio         2:48

Tier 4:
1948   Italy      Film         3:00
1952   United States   Film         1:45
1972   France      TV Mini-Series      4:05
1982   United States   Radio         3:39
2012   United Kingdom   Film         2:38

Tier 5:
1943   Mexico      Film         1:43
1998   United States   Film         2:14

Unknown:
1964   Italy      TV Mini-Series      10:03
1992   France      TV Animated Series   10:14
1993   France      TV Animated Series    1:35
2000   France (Short)   TV Mini-Series       2:53
2007   Japan      TV Animated Series   22:51
2012   France      Radio          4:00


Since the 1935 USA film adaptation is the first Les Misérables adaptation that I saw/heard, I am a bit biased towards it. It's one of my three favorite adaptations, but it's not as "well made" as the 1934/2001 adaptations. There are some longer adaptations that I have yet to watch/hear, so I think that I have yet to watch/hear some extremely strong adaptations.

What tv/film/animation/radio adaptations have you watched/heard? What are your favorites?

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