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‘Les Miz’ on Screen Sends
Misleading Messages

Daily Beast, by Michael Medved

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/24/2012 5:27:56 AM

Revolutionary fervor in seizing the barricades for change makes for great theater and grand cinema, but seldom produces the positive results that young idealists desire. Those constructive consequences come much more reliably from middle-aged, middle-class virtues, patience, planning, deferred gratification, hard work, incremental improvement—with far less flash and glory. That’s the problem at the very heart of the magnificent new movie version of Les Miserables, an obvious front-runner for nominations in every major category in this year’s Oscar race. In faithfully adapting the hit stage show,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 12/24/2012 5:40:02 AM     (No. 9081467)

I have seen it on TV several times. All show, not much real music.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: pineledger, 12/24/2012 5:45:34 AM     (No. 9081471)

Saw it in London when it was new and will see it this summer at Maine State Music Theater -- if we don´t give our tickets away. I have never understood the appeal of this show and right now it has a antisocial message.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Vivi, 12/24/2012 6:17:55 AM     (No. 9081490)

Ah but in the end., when tomorrow comes, it´s not the rebellion that delivers the new world it is forgiveness (huge theme),love, and redemption.

´´To love another peron is to see the face of God ´´ The rebellion has that rousing musical number but it doesn´t deliver as promised. Gonna see it for sure.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 12/24/2012 6:38:41 AM     (No. 9081494)

It is easy to forget that we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities unseen.

Every attempt to create an Earthly utopia has and always will create great death and misery. That is because this world is ruled by Satan and his servants.

It is time to decide which side we´re on.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/24/2012 6:51:45 AM     (No. 9081500)

When my granddaughters were in their high school music department production of "Les Miz", the parental booster club raised a lot of money by auctioning two opportunities to "die on the barricades". One winner was another performer´s parent and the other was the local barber. Great fun.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Loretta, 12/24/2012 7:07:28 AM     (No. 9081508)

Darn it -Les Miserables is a play and now a movie and entertainment. I have seen the play in London, Broadway and Chicago and love the music. Why do we have to look at everything thru a political prism?
I want to just enjoy the movie and as #3 says once again hear a rousing rendition of ´´To love another peron is to see the face of God ´.
Don´t rain on my parade Mr. Medved.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Vivi, 12/24/2012 7:21:31 AM     (No. 9081521)

Of course when I´m using a real keyboard instead of a pad it´s another person that I love and not a Peron, which is an entirely different musical.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Judith, 12/24/2012 7:24:28 AM     (No. 9081526)

I read this book in high school and loved it. Woven throughout it were moral arguments and conflicts. From the arrest of the hero, the kindness and forgiveness of the priest, the turmoil of dedication to your job or letting a good man go free that the policeman had, the struggles throughout the hero´s life, great book. As with everything hollywood, I´m not sure I want to see their interpretation of the struggle between good and evil. For them that amounts to choosing the red dress or the green dress.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: VeteranAmerican, 12/24/2012 8:02:50 AM     (No. 9081577)

My wife and I saw the play in 88 in London and 3 times in Chicago plus one production at a local high school which was as good as the professionals. The song "Drink With me" the night before the battle never ceases to bring tears. I think about my team before we went on an op in Vietnam. We knew some would not be coming back so it was important to bond.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Loretta, 12/24/2012 8:45:39 AM     (No. 9081665)

# 9 Thank you for your service and I agree-Drink with me is lovely and brings tears.
Merry Christmas!


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Reply 11 - Posted by: FLCracker, 12/24/2012 10:20:06 AM     (No. 9081830)

I could never get into a book, play, movie whose title can´t be translated into English, cannot be properly pronounced in English, so must be abbreviated to a word that sounds like a reference to a Southern woman of indeterminate age and marital status.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: DocH, 12/24/2012 1:06:20 PM     (No. 9082140)

Read it for Medved´s last line, which wraps up 200 years of history whose point we have now forgotten.

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