deHavilland wrote:The tragic 1998 film ends with Javert's Suicide and Neeson ValNeeson wandering away with a smile, but Cosette and Marius' wedding doesn't feature. (And it's one death in Liam Neeson's long and varied career of them that he somehow manages to escape for no discernible reason.)
ThatInspector wrote:I did some research and found that the one I was thinking of was the 1978 TV movie, which ends with the wedding and Valjean living. I haven't seen it, though; I'm just going off of Wikipedia, so I have no idea how accurate that is. But now I'm interested...
Getting back to the idea of him living, I agree that he has to die. It completes his character arc (this coming from someone who hasn't finished the book yet ).
Most of us have already learned the story by heart so I don't think language will be a big problem when actually watching the movie!
In 1973 or 1974, Mexican channel "Canal 13" released a 20 episode live action television adaptation of Les Misérables, which is about 20 hours long. The official tapes of the broadcast were taped over when the television station was purchased. Thanks for the great video clips. I see different dates online, is the release date 1973 or 1974?
This is one of the few definitive adaptations of Les Misérables! I have seen/heard 19 major tv/radio/film adaptations (and 11 minor) of Les Misérables, and have seen about half so far of the 1964 Italy and 1971 Spain adaptations, which I am working my way through now. I am also familiar with many other major/minor adaptations which I haven't seen/heard yet.
The 2007 Japan adaptation is by far my favorite, and I consider it better than the 1934 France and 1964 Italy (watched half so far) and 1971 Spain (watched half so far) and 2001 UK Radio adaptations. Those five adaptations are top level for me. The 1935 USA is the other top favorite of mine, but mostly because I saw it first and love the Digne and Bishop Myriel scenes. Keep in mind that it's actually a weak adaptation of the book and not too "well made".
I have high hopes that once I watch/hear the 1925 France and 1967 UK and 1973/1974 Mexico and 1976 UK radio adaptations, that they will be as strong as my favorite 5-6 adaptations, but they are hard to find. If you are looking for a definitive Les Misérables adaptation, I think it would be one of the nine ones that I've mentioned so far (not counting the 1935 USA one though).
Lugitum wrote:Check out my post that Ursula_F quoted. When comparing adaptations, here are some things to keep in mind:
-The longer the adaptation, the better
-Adaptations change stuff that was in the novel
-Adaptations add stuff that is not in the novel
-Adaptations vary in tone from too bright (2007 Japan) to medium (2012 UK) to dark/dramatic (1971 Spain)
-There is probably no adaptation ever made that is too dark/dramatic
-Even the most dark/dramatic versions need to be even more dark/dramatic
Don't overlook radio adaptations. Start with these adaptations:
-1934 France (4 hours)
-1964 Italy (10 hours)
-1971 Spain (7 hours)
-2000 France (the longer 6 hours French version)
-2001 UK (Radio) (6 hours)
-2007 Japan (23 hours)
Those versions are all easily enough to get, but let me know if you need help. However the 1964/1971 versions have no subtitles available that I know of. There is a 6 hour long 2012 France radio adaptation, however I don't speak French and can't review it even though it's probably great. There are some extremely strong versions which are unavailable besides these.
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