• France
  • 1934
  • 279 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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Hailed by film critics around the world as the greatest screen adapation of Victor Hugo’s mammoth nineteenth-century novel, Raymond Bernard’s dazzling, nearly five-hour Les misérables is a breathtaking tour de force, unfolding with the depth and detail of its source. Featuring stunning art direction and cinematography and unforgettable performances by the exquisite Harry Baur (who died tragically during World War II), as Jean Valjean, and the legendary Charles Vanel, as Inspector Javert, Les misérables is one of the triumphs of French filmmaking.

Cast

Jean Valjean/Mayor Madeleine/ Champmathieu/Mr. Fauchelevent Harry Baur
Inspector JavertCharles Vanel
Monseigneur Myriel Henry Krauss
FantineFlorelle
Cosette (as a child) Gaby Triquet
CosetteJosselyne Gaël
Marius PontmercyJean Servais
Mr. ThénardierCharles Dullin
Mrs. ThénardierMarguerite Moreno
EponineOrane Demazis
GavrocheÉmile Genevois

Credits

DirectorRaymond Bernard
ScreenplayAndré Lang and Raymond Bernard
Based on the novel byVictor Hugo
ProducerRaymonde Boderie
CinematographyJules Kruger and René Ribault
EditingLucien Grumberg
Art directionJean Perrier and Lucien Carré
MusicArthur Honegger
Orchestra directionMaurice Jaubert
CostumesPaul Colin

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Eclipse Series 4: Raymond Bernard

By Michael Koresky July 23, 2007

It’s hard to think of an artist who better exemplifies the obscuring ebb and flow of film history than Raymond Bernard. Once a director equally admired by critics, fellow artists, audiences, and . . . Read more »

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Eclipse Series 4: Raymond Bernard

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It’s hard to think of an artist who better exemplifies the obscuring ebb and flow of film history than Raymond Bernard. Once a director equally admired by critics, fellow artists, audiences, and . . . Read more »