Les Miserables

The Strange Power of Les Mis, the Book

Victor Hugo's Hard-nosed Melodrama

Why the most dramatic parts of Les Misérables are also the most politically incisive.

 

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The Most Divisive Issue in Film: Anne Hathaway

Movie buffs can't decide whether she's a good actress

Why can't critics decide whether or not she's a good actress?

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Those who are selling the French film Les Miserables to the American public are plugging the “challenge” angle; “France challenges comparison with the American version.” While this is a very good way to sell the picture to the kind of trade it will be sold to, there are still going to be some of us who will take a piece of that dare money as fast as anyone will put it up. Just to start with, the old picture made the course in one hour, forty-nine minutes: the present one covers roughly the same material m (counting intermission) two hours, fifty minutes.

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