Les Misérables by Victor HugoIntroducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread—Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait that resulted is larger than life, epic in scope—an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart.
Les Miserables - Official Movie Trailer 2012 (HD)
Les Misérables the Musical Synopsis
Jean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang, finds that the yellow ticket-of-leave he must, by law, display condemns him to being an outcast. Only the saintly bishop of Digne treats him kindly and Valjean, embittered by years of hardship, repays him by stealing some silver. Valjean is caught and brought back by police. He is astonished when the Bishop lies to the police to save him. He also gives him two candlesticks.
After 19 years on the chain gang, Jean Valjean finds that the ticket of leave he must display, condemns him to be an outcast. Only the Bishop of Digne treats him kindly. However, Valjean, embittered by years of hardship, repays the bishop by stealing the precious silver. Valjean is caught and brought back by the police and is astonished when the Bishop lies to the police to save him. Valjean decides to start his life anew. Eight years have passed and Valjean, having broken his parole and changed his name to Monsieur Madeleine, has become a factory owner and Mayor of the town. One of his workers, Fantine , has a secret illegitimate child.
Les Misérables background
You know the lyrics. All your friends and family have seen it… so have 70 million other people. Have you heard the people sing? Here are 10 key things you need to know about Les Mis. After a short run in Paris, Cameron Mackintosh heard the soundtrack and decided to produce an English-language version for a British audience. The legendary show about ex-convict Jean Valjean and his rival, policeman Javert, received mixed reviews from critics but blew audiences away.
Les Miserables synopsis. After 19 years of penal servitude, Jean Valjean is released by policeman Javert. He was arrested for theft of bread for his family. Every month he has to report to the lawyer. Jean isn't hired and despised. Once, he was sheltered by the archbishop.