Les Misérables is a 1958 French-East German-Italian film production of the Victor Hugo novel released in France on 12 March 1958. Written by Michel Audiard and René Barjavel, the film was directed by Jean-Paul Le Chanois. It stars one of the greatest French film actors Jean Gabin as Jean Valjean. Also in the movie are Serge Reggiani and legendary French comedian Bourvil.
The movie was a massive hit in France and all of Europe, including Soviet Union.
The New York Times described it as one of the first French "blockbusters" that appeared in response to such lengthy feature films as Around the World in 80 Days and The Ten Commandments.
It said it was "a ponderous four-hour retelling of Victor Hugo's oft-filmed epic.... Not a page is skipped... Too literary, it has the saving grace of Jean Gabin's truly heroic depiction of Jean Valjean plus some stirring scenes on the barricades."
It was a "quintessential Gabin role ... that of a loner, an outsider, usually a member of the lower orders who may flirt with love and happiness but knows they are not for him".
The film premiered in New York only on... July 1989, when it ran to coincide with the celebration of the bicentennial of the French Revolution.
September 14th, 2018
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