Les Misérables

This along with Fritz Lang's M and Testament of Dr Mabuse are, to me, the first great sound films.
Here is a director taking all the lessons from the silent era and applying it to tell a story that might not have worked as beautifully with intertitles as it did with the advent of sound.
This is an absurd feat, to adapt such an emblematic tale into an ambitious 4 hours of runtime and never have it feel elongated or boring, using the silence as your most powerful tool and the contrasting bombastic calls of revolution to serve as the starkest peaks and valleys in this journey of a punished good Samaritan wrestling against his fate for a sliver of justice and happiness. It nails the tension, the action, the drama, the happiness and the sadness, this movie translates an epic into the screen like nothing else.
It takes a master to adapt a dense book like Les Misérables and Raymond Bernard did it stupendously well. And I doubt Tom Hooper got even close to this

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