Les Miserables

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Les Miserables

Post by Cosima___J » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:38 pm

I turned to CMG films board today in hopes that someone has seen this new movie version. Anybody?

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Post by lennygoran » Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:34 pm

Cosima___J wrote:I turned to CMG films board today in hopes that someone has seen this new movie version. Anybody?
No didn't see the movie but we just loved the Broadway play! Regards, Len

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Post by david johnson » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:36 am

blizzardly happenings kept me indoors...perhaps i'll view it today.

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Post by david johnson » Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:56 pm

i saw the flick today and greatly enjoyed it. my impression is that they selected actors who could sing a bit, rather than singers who could act. if you're used to london, broadway, or international recordings you'll find the sound different. it mostly works :) the thenardiers are delightfully scuzzy and their inn is a true hive. the sewer scene is aptly gross. hugh jackman is good, but i think 'bring him home' is out of his range. the adult cosette often has a weak voice for her part. eponine is a nicely done love-sick girl and gavroche is well played.
i wish the orchestra was often edited in louder. see it live or check the recordings to get the other 'flavor' of the work.
as i said, the movie is very enjoyable and elicits the usual reactions. the woman behind me cried, the girl next to her softly sang all the songs, cinema packed.
anne hathaway as fantine is much better than the publicity fragments released earlier. it's all well 'underacted' to me. the characters all know how to die on screen, and most of them do! very fine overall. :)

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Post by jbuck919 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:43 am

I haven't seen the movie, but according to the 60 Minutes segment on it (as incredible as it sounds), the musical scenes were all shot in real time, i.e., they were not over-dubbed with studio performances. The only precedent I can think of for this is Henry Higgins's numbers in My Fair Lady. Rex Harrison said he could not dub himself because he never sang the part the same way twice.

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Post by John F » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:02 am

A couple of decades ago, a series of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas was filmed with prerecorded orchestral soundtracks, but the singing was recorded along with the dialogue as the cameras were rolling. Not the same as recording all of the music during the shooting, of course.
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Post by smitty1931 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:33 pm

Having seen Les Miz in London, Toronto and D.C., I really enjoyed the film. It takes a few minutes to become accustomed to the non operatic voices. All the actors are good and the production values are excellent. Bring a hanky as every one in the audience was crying. It should win best picture at awards times. See it!

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Post by jserraglio » Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:46 pm

Have never seen a stage production other than by talented high-schoolers, so I actually enjoyed the "non-professional" singing in this film. The mise en scene of the film was overwhelming, as was the high-romanticism of the acting. May just be the most moving film adaptation of a musical I have ever seen. Well worth the measly $4.50 we paid to see this flick in an empty theater.

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