About the film
falsely accused based on novel or book prisoner prosecution fake identity french revolution promise motherly love rescue 19th century
Release Date: March 12, 1958
|Production Companies||:||Société Nouvelle Pathé Cinéma, Serena, DEFA, Künstlerische Arbeitsgruppe ''Babelsberg'', P.A.C.|
|Director||:||Jean-Paul Le Chanois|
|Producers||:||René Bezard, Pierre Cabaud, André Hunebelle, Erich Kühne, Paul Cadéac, Adrien Remaugé, Richard Brandt, Roberto Dandi|
|Writers||:||Michel Audiard, René Barjavel, Jean-Paul Le Chanois, Victor Hugo|
Victor Hugo's monumental novel Les Miserables has been filmed so often that sometimes it's hard to tell one version from another. One of the best and most faithful adaptations is this 240-minute French production, starring Jean Gabin as the beleaguered Jean Valjean. Arrested for a petty crime, Valjean spends years 20 in the brutal French penal system. Even upon his release, his trail is dogged by relentless Inspector Javert. Valjean's efforts to create a new life for himself despite the omnipresence of Javert is meticulously detailed in this film, which utilizes several episodes from the Hugo original that had hitherto never been dramatized. Originally released as a single film, Les Miserables was usually offered as a two-parter outside of France.