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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