The Les Misérables Movie: Background on the Bishop

Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) and the Bishop (Colm Wilkinson) at dinner.

The Bishop of Digne from Les Misérables is one of my favorite characters in all of literature. In this post, I’ll explain why. Recently, I’ve been blogging on the movie version of Les Misérables (1. Fact Check, 2. Script Changes, 3. Suddenly, 4. Surprises at the End). Today, I want to step back and give [Read More...]

The Les Misérables Movie: Surprises at the End [Major spoiler alert]

The Bishop, played by Colm Wilkinson, and Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman

Warning: If you have not seen the film version of Les Misérables and you intend to see it sometime in your life, I would encourage you to stop reading now. Instead of finishing this piece, read instead the excellent post on Les Mis by Tim Dalrymple. For me, the biggest surprise of the movie version [Read More...]

The Les Misérables Movie: Suddenly, There’s a New Song [Spoiler alert]

Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) carries young Cosette (Isabel Allen)

Surely the most noteworthy innovation in the film version of Les Misérables is the addition of a new song. “Suddenly,” sung by Jean Valjean after he rescues Cosette from the Thenardiers, is a brand new addition to Les Mis. How does it function in the story? Does it help? And is it faithful to the [Read More...]

The Les Misérables Movie: Script Changes Reflect the Book, Guide the Viewer [Spoiler Alert]

Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean from the opening scene of the movie version of Les Misérables

In yesterday’s post, The Les Misérables Movie: Fact Check, I observed that the script for the movie diverges in a number of respects from the script for the stage musical. I offered to do a kind of “fact check,” comparing these two scripts, especially in light of their faithfulness to Victor Hugo’s original novel (in [Read More...]


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