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Les Miserables (Masters Of Cinema) (DVD)
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The most thorough of all film adaptations of Victor Hugo's immortal novel, Les misárables [The Wretched] was a triumph for director Raymond Bernard, one of the more overlooked filmmakers of the early French cinema. Originally released in quick succession as three separate features in 1934, Bernard's film recounts the story of the ex-convict Jean Valjean (Harry Baur) harried by the wicked Inspector Javert (Charles Vanel); of the virtuous Fantine (Florelle, náe Odette Rousseau) who sells herself into prostitution for the welfare of her daughter Cosette (Gaby Triquet as the young girl Cosette, and Josseline Gaël as the young woman); and of intersections of these threads and more in an impressive rendering of Hugo's stately tapestry. Newly restored in 4K at its original length by Pathé, Les misárables is a major accomplishment on the level of storytelling, and a major component in the history of French film. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Raymond Bernard's magnum opus for the first time on DVD in the UK. SPECIAL TWO-DISC DVD EDITION: New presentation of the film in its complete length from the new Pathé 4K digital restorationOptional English subtitlesVictor Hugo in Cinema, Claudine Cohen discusses Bernard's Les misárables, it's production, and other adaptations of Hugo's novelRaymond Bernard, un grand cineaste francais, a 1979 interview with filmmaker Roger IkhlefLa distribution des Misárables de Raymond Bernard, video discussion with French Cinema expert Raymond ChiratScreen tests of auditions for the role of GavrocheDeleted scenesArchival newsreelsTheatrical trailerLe Chemineau [The Vagabond], Albert Capellani's 1905 short film28-PAGE BOOKLET with a new and exclusive essay by critic Emmanuel Burdeau illustrated with archival imagery

Running Time: 288 minutes
Region: Region 2
Subtitles: English
Release Date: 8 Dec. 2014


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