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No, it does not mean that all dialog is sung, have a look at Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, West Side Story, etc. The reason that the movie has all dialog rhyming etc. (known as 'sung through') is because the West End musical that it is based on is sung through (although there are versions where Valjean speaks a normal line to Javert when he gives him his ...


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This has always bothered me. My impression here was that he was begging Javer for a chance, he made an offer which he would have stuck to (remember Valjean is not only a reformed man but believes his soul belongs to God). However when Javer refuses his offer and pursues him he is no longer obliged to return. A second theory is that when he met Cosette and ...


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Javert reveals his reasons in the song he sings when he commits suicide. And must I now begin to doubt, who never doubted all these years/ My heart is stone and still it trembles/ The world I have known is lost in shadows/ Is he from Heaven or from Hell?/ And does he know, that granting me my life today, this man has killed me even so... I am ...


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The story has already been shot as a normal movie, back in 1998. And 1995. And 1982. And 1978.... on and on and on. The 1998 version of Les Miserables was a straight take on the Victor Hugo novel, intended to be a po faced English language interpretation of the failed second revolution. It was well received (still rated 78% fresh by Rotten Tomatoes) but did ...


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Wikipedia lists this reason from the musical (which the 2012 film is based on) as: At a convent, Valjean awaits his death, having nothing left to live for. That may be, but he was also pretty old for the time period, and serving 19 years of hard labor probably didn't help. 1768 - Birth of Jean Valjean (book) 1796 - Jean Valjean is sentenced to ...


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Strictly in terms of the movie, Thenardier extorts as much as he can from Valjean initially, for the reasons that @Christian_Rau mentions (sees his wealth, knows he's willing to pay a lot). Later in life, their meeting comes not from any pursual of Valjean, but rather from chance. The Thenardiers are living in Paris, learn Valjean and Cosette have moved ...


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Javert was a man of big integrity and he believed fully in the law and the penalty system. He followed and enforced the law to the letter. So when he realized that Val Jean was doing more good as a free man that he would have done in jail he find himself with a dilemma. He can't let him free because he would betray his integrity, but also he can't stop him ...


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It is likely that Valjean would have turned himself in. He struggles with this issue in the solo "Who am I?" and resolves that he is tired of lying and running and he should accept his punishment on earth as he will be rewarded in heaven. However, Javert does not accept the offer hence Valjean is under no obligation to do carry out his end of it. ...


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I have been thinking about this quite a bit lately. My impression is that Jean Valjean lied to Javert twice in the movie about coming back and turning himself in. The last time when he begs Javert as they are sword fighting that he will return before he falls into the river. My impression is that if that was really Valjean's intentions then he would have ...


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He just doesn't want her to know about his past as a criminal and prisoner. While that may not be much of a problem for Cosette, this isn't the experience Valjean has made in the past. I'd say he is ashamed about his criminal past and just doesn't want her to know, even if he was convicted for such ridiculously small a crime and has done more than enough ...


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I would guess that they could either: Have the actors sing the piece through together on stage, have them mime on location and then dub the lyrics Have them singing on location and support them with a backing track. (Do not forget that they would have rehersed these songs scores of times and would know them inside out).



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