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Five For The Diary: Books To Read Before Oscar Season
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Five For The Diary: Books To Read Before Oscar Season | 4. Les Misérables
4. Les Misérables

THE BOOK Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo (1862)
THE FILM Les Misérables, directed by Tom Hooper

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE OK, so this is really an adaptation at one remove of Victor Hugo’s doorstop of a novel, since Tom Hooper and cast are adapting the insanely popular stage musical. But give the original a go! Hugo’s novel was a smash hit in its day, and while the tastes of 19th century top-hat aficionados cannot always be relied upon, a few million French people can’t all be wrong. The novel has the same plot as the musical – which, admit it, you’ve probably seen and loved – but with additional bits discussing politics, poverty, religion, the Battle of Waterloo, architecture, justice, monarchy and closed religious orders. All still relevant! Mostly.

The film, famously, sees its all-star cast singing the songs live on set, presumably upping the difficulty levels on musical filmmaking from “fiendish” to “demon lord of abaddon”. Hugh Jackman stars as Jean Valjean, with Russell Crowe as his lawman nemesis Javert. Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Samantha Barks round out the cast. Expect grit, grime, poverty, a miserable bloke called Les crime and lots of catchy tunes.

DO SAY “Can you hear the people sing?”
DON'T SAY “Is Susan Boyle in it?”

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