Comments on Les Miserables movie

Dave19
Broadway Star
joined:12/23/11
Comments on Les Miserables movie
Posted: 12/21/12 at 06:10pm
Phyllis, the begin section of "on my own" is cut?
Where does the song start?

And is the reprise of "I dreamed a dream" still there when Valjean takes Cosette away from the Thenardiers? (There is a duty I must heed, there is a promise I have made, for I was blind to one in need, I did not see what stood before me.....now her mother is with god, Fantine's suffering is over, and I speak here with her name, and I stand here in her place, and from this day and evermore, Cosette shall live in my protection, I will not forsake my vow, Cosette shall have a father now, etc")

Updated On: 12/21/12 at 06:10 PM
Wildcard
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joined:6/21/06
Comments on Les Miserables movie
Posted: 12/21/12 at 07:27pm
Hadley has a decent cameo and his facial hair is awesome. Still handsome.

On My Own begins with her saying "On My Own" after she reads Cosette's letter.

And yes, that part with Valjean and the Thenardiers is still there with changes (your mother...)
Phyllis Rogers Stone
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joined:9/16/07
Comments on Les Miserables movie
Posted: 12/21/12 at 08:02pm
It starts with "On my own, pretending he's beside me."

I'm wracking my brain but I honestly can't remember if the part you just asked about was in there or not.

ETA- Wildcard beat me to it.
Updated On: 12/21/12 at 08:02 PM
StageManager2
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joined:10/21/05
Comments on Les Miserables movie
Posted: 12/21/12 at 08:35pm
ETA- Wildcard beat me to it.

Yeah, by like a half hour.
Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae
Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra
Salve, Salve Regina
Ad te clamamus exsules filii Eva
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
O clemens O pia
Phyllis Rogers Stone
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joined:9/16/07
Comments on Les Miserables movie
Posted: 12/21/12 at 08:38pm
Zing.
Updated On: 12/21/12 at 08:38 PM
Dave19
Broadway Star
joined:12/23/11
Comments on Les Miserables movie
Posted: 12/22/12 at 07:03am
Thanks Wildcard and Phyllis!

And is the part still there when Valjean speaks to Eponine?
(Give that letter here my child, be careful, there's danger in the streets tonight)
rosscoe(au)
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joined:8/20/05
Comments on Les Miserables movie
Posted: 12/22/12 at 07:10am
Just got home from a packed screening in Brisbane Australia, loved some things, hated others. Crowe was a major surprise, On My Own was stunning, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables was heartbreaking. The last forty or so minutes was very emotion.

It's a pity someone like David Lean was not around to direct this, it should have been a grand sweeping 70mm movie or at least widescreen, at times it felt like a chamber piece.

Liked it a lot , just wanted more epic story telling.
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rosscoe(au)
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joined:8/20/05
Comments on Les Miserables movie
Posted: 12/22/12 at 08:17am
Should also add that the Continuity in this movie was awful.
Well I didn't want to get into it, but he's a Satanist. Every full moon he sacrifices 4 puppies to the Dark Lord and smears their blood on his paino. This should help you understand the score for Wicked a little bit more. Tazber's: Reply to Is Stephen Schwartz a Practicing Christian
My Oh My
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joined:6/29/07
Comments on Les Miserables movie
Posted: 12/22/12 at 08:50am
"And is the part still there when Valjean speaks to Eponine?
(Give that letter here my child, be careful, there's danger in the streets tonight)"


I don't know if that whole scene is still in, but I do know it no longer involves Eponine delivering the letter to Cosette, which is intercepted by Valjean on stage. It now is in line with that scene in the novel where Gavroche is sent to deliver it.

I did a backing track of that moment in the stage version awhile back, and it was a revelation to me.

I thought I knew every last bit of the original orchs but for some reason most recordings that include that scene and all times I've seen it live on stage, there's this acoustic guitar part buried underneath that begins when Eponine sings, "I have a letter, M'sieur, it's addressed to your daughter, Cosette..."

It's hauntingly moody and also beautiful and sad. I intentionally made it very audible in my recreation of that song (guitar part starts @ 01:02):

"The Letter": http://snd.sc/TaPuFW

That's one thing I'm really gonna miss. That whole scene is just so beautifully played out on stage and I've always imagined how awesome it would be on film.

As much as I like it, I am happier with what I've seen and heard of the film. =)

Recreation of original John Cameron orchestration to "On My Own" by yours truly. Click player below to hear.
Dave19
Broadway Star
joined:12/23/11
Comments on Les Miserables movie
Posted: 12/22/12 at 09:09am
Thanks My oh my, I agree, it's hauntingly beautiful. I remember this and the "Valjean's I dreamed a dream reprise" as 2 of the most beautiful parts of the show.

Thanks for the clip too, it's beautiful.

But Valjean still reads the letter out loud in the film on that melody?

For the ones who don't know the scene, it's in this clip from 1:40

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN7zI1WCmbk



Updated On: 12/22/12 at 09:09 AM
willep
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joined:9/20/08
Comments on Les Miserables movie
Posted: 12/22/12 at 11:23am
Yes, if I recall correctly he does still read the letter out loud in with that melody.
uncageg
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joined:5/13/04
Comments on Les Miserables movie
Posted: 2/16/13 at 10:44pm
I finally saw it this evening. Hat a voters copy. So glad I did not pay to see it in a theater. Not the worst movie but it put me to sleep near the end.

Saw the stage musical twice and would see it again. The movie just didn't do it for me. I would rather have see "NINE" again. That movie I really enjoyed. JMO
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