10 posts tagged Les Misérables
LES MISÉRABLES (2012)
It would be an understatement to say that attempting to adapt one of the most popular and longest running musicals of all time for the big screen is an incredibly daunting task, but Tom Hooper sure is the man for the job. The King’s Speech director approached the film adaptation of the much-loved musical in a way that married the best of what broadway has to offer with the magic and grandiosity of film. The power of theater is in its authenticity; with actors conveying emotions directly to an audience without the filters of editing and special effects that can sometimes distract from the genuineness of the material. The magic of cinema, on the other hand, is in its capacity to take something to an entirely new level in scale. Everything is bigger, bolder, and brighter, yet without entirely sacrificing the intimacy offered by broadway. With Les Mis, Hooper was able to offer audiences the best of both worlds, and he was extremely fortunate to be blessed with a marvelous and multitalented cast consisting of Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham-Carter, to name a few. Not only were these actors gifted with amazing voices, but their performances perfectly matched the evocative music and story.
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
Eddie Redmayne • Les Misérables OST
Les Misérables (2012) - directed by Tom Hooper. Starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe.
Track: “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" by Eddie Redmayne (buy song)
Check out this featurette from Tom Hooper’s upcoming Les Misérables, where the cast and crew talk about the various set designs and working in a film on such a majestic scale. You can also check out their featurette on costume design and hair and make-up.
Check out this behind the scenes peek into the making of Les Misérables, where the actors and director Tom Hooper talk about what sets this movie apart from all other musicals. It’s an interesting process described, allowing actors to record the songs live and having them dictate the terms of how the music will eventually sound. This process surely lends itself to translating a sense of authenticity, something I’ve personally found difficult to achieve with musicals in particular. I’m very excited for this film, and for those of you who hadn’t heard, its release has been moved to Christmas Day.
First look at Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables (x)