Les Miserables

The Clash of the Film and Theater Mediums: Why “Les Miserables” Falls Flat

I went to a Christmas Day screening of Les Miserables. After writing about the lead up and seeing all the behind-the-scenes featurettes, I was excited to see how the amazing production design and the bold experiment of recording live singing would come together. I left the theater that night not totally satisfied but not totally let down either. After a few days of reflection and a little bit of emotional distance, I think I can derive a bit more rationale analysis on the film’s production approach and how it may have contributed to the uneven effect of the film.

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Sound Mixer Simon Hayes on Les Misérables

Simon Hayes gets more in depth about the intricacies of mixing the sound of the famed “Live Singing” of Les Misérables. The buzz around town reported by some press has been that the singing in Les Misérables was unique because it was recorded live, something that had never been done before in a movie musical. Read MoreRead More

Fashioning the Costumes of Les Miserables

Paco Delgado discusses the work that went into the costume design of the epic historical musical Les Miserables. JEAN VALJEAN (HUGH JACKMAN) Later in Montreuil and Paris, Jean Valjean’s coat and suit colours are sophisticated deep greens and aubergine but beforehand, if the dark robe-like garment he wears on his road to redemption brings to mind Read MoreRead More

Writing a New Scene for Les Miserables

Screenwriter William Nicholson discusses a sequence from Les Misérables (a 30 year old musical), which needed a brand-new scene. This is not a usual screenwriting assignment. I was hired to turn the super-successful stage musical into a movie — a show I admired and loved. From the start, my brief to myself was: Don’t screw it Read MoreRead More

Watch Five Short Clips from Les Miserable

The hotly anticipated Tom Hooper-directed Les Miserable opens on Christmas Day 2012, but here’s a sneak peak at 5 scenes including the vocal talents of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Samantha Barks, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne. You may recall the big marketing hubbub about recording the vocals live - here’s our first chances to see how that’s working out. Personally, I think Read MoreRead More

Les Miserable – Trailer

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care Read MoreRead More

Featurette for “Les Miserables” shows Actors Singing on Set

On most film musicals, the musical portions are recorded in a studio prior to production and played back on set. The upcoming film of “Les Miserables” has actors performing their songs live with the music dubbed in afterwards.

This isn’t the first time this has been attempted since the “golden days” of 30s and 40s musicals. Peter Bagdonovich attempted it in 1975…Read More