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Les Miserables [1995]

4.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo
  • Directors: Claude Lelouch
  • Language: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009A6O6A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,642 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Les Misérables (Claude Lelouch, 1995) Synopsis: Loosely based on Victor Hugo's classic 1862 novel. Henri Fortin is a rough-hewn but good-hearted man whose trials and tribulations echo the story of Hugo's hero, Jean Valjean. Though born in the humblest of circumstances, Fortin encounters a diverse array of people in his life and is alternately perceived as a savior and a villain as the fortunes of the world are rocked by the events leading up to, including and immediately following the Second World War. The 317th Platoon (Pierre Schoendoerffer, 1965) Synopsis: Set near the end of the bloody Indo-Chinese War in which the Vietnamese struggled to shuck off the yoke of French colonialism, this taut, provocative French war drama chronicles the events leading up to the slaughter of the French Army's 317th Platoon, a unit comprised of 41 Laotians and a quartet of French officers that was ordered to make it back to the safety of camp Dien Bien Phu. It is an arduous journey and the soldiers must not only battle constant ambushes, but also the jungle itself. Many soldiers die along the way. When they finally make it to the camp, they find the enemy waiting. Not one member of the platoon survives the ensuing slaughter.

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Film was not subtitled, I don't speak French.
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I just love this film and I still haven't made up my mind, whether I prefer Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables" with Lino Ventura as Jean Valjean to Claude Lelouch's version with Jean-Paul Belmondo as Jean Valjean or vice-versa.
The film, which tells a kind of 20th century version of "Les Misérables", refers along the whole movie to Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables". Moreover in the film Henri Fortrin II watches an old film of "Les Misérables" as a child, when he lives at Guillaume's inn with his mother, and later on in the film he watches another version of "Les Misérables" (during World War II when he is with the guys of the Résistance).
The actors are absolutely top! My prefered one, besides Jean-Paul Belmondo of course, is Annie Girardot. She seems to live her role (Françoise, the farmer's wife). Her acting is so wonderful, she has such an expressive face. You can read on her face when Françoise feels guilty.
What I appreciate very much too, is the way Lelouch uses the melody of "It's a Long Way to Tipperary". First the girls play it joyfully at the convent, they seem to anticipate the landing of the Allies in Normandie. A little later in the film, when the landing has begun, the film music consists just of the hummed melody when the girls are in the cellar where they have gone for protection. It then sounds like a kind of prayer, very soft, but it becomes gradually louder and louder, it is still sung without words, on something like la-la-la. By this means Lelouch makes us get aware of the changing situation, the hope has become reality.
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Why, O Why has there been no UK dvd release of this masterpiece ? There is obviously a large following of people who are more than willing to try films from other countries. The recent popularity of Scandinavian films and TV series together with the success of many French films must give an indication of the potential of other good quality European films. It can't be simply the unwillingness of people who don't want to read sub-titles. The films of China and Korea are a popular niche market nowadays.
I have this on VHS but the only dvd copy I have seen was in France and did not have the luxury of English sub-titles. It's a shame that this wonderful film is not available to a wider audience. I'll keep waiting for a sub-titled version on dvd to be released in the UK but I have a feeling I may be in for a long wait.
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To me, this film is among the most important of our time. It beautifully illustrates both sides of our humanity. I rank it up with THE GREAT DICTATOR as a social commentary of how we can excel or denigrate ourselves and others. Belmondo's performance is of the highest standard, though the entire cast performs magnificently ... we can all learn much about nobility from this epic film.

My only regret is that it is not available on DVD or Blu-Ray with English subtitles, so I was forced to buy the VHS version (an excellent transfer) and back it up for my personal use. I'd much rather have a comprehensive pure digital edition with cast bio's and documentary of the making of this film.

Finally - I saw this film for the first time in an old Art Deco cinema in Melbourne Australia. It was on the occasion of my first date with the woman who is now my wife. That film will stay in our hearts forever for the emotion attached to it and our sharing in such a life changing experience so early in our friendship.
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A fantastic film! I was deeply touched by this wonderful film, it tells the tale of a great man who aids a jewish family flee the country during the second world war. Probably the best film of the year!!! (french with english subtitles)
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I lobe this film. I love jean-Paul belmondo's lived in face. Such a sad story - I dare you to watch it to the end without crying,
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