Largely unknown in America, Raymond Bernard’s 1934 Les Misérables is widely regarded as the greatest screen version of Victor Hugo’s oft-filmed epic novel. Consisting of three separate movies, this adaptation stars Harry Baur as Jean Valjean, the petty thief and parolee who is pursued for 20 years by relentless police inspector Javert (Charles Vanel). “Now that Les Misérables has been restored to close to its original five-hour length, and made to sparkle…we can see what a treasure it is.” –Phillip Lopate. Shown over three successive Wednesday nights.
France, 1934, subtitles, b&w, 115 min. (part 1)
Each part $9; CMA members, seniors 65 & over, students $7; or one CMA Film Series voucher.
Whole film $21; members, seniors 65 & over, students $15; or three vouchers (all three tickets must be purchased before the start of Part 1 on 8/13). No passes.