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Les Misérables
Also known as Mensch unter Menschen in Germany; Nedznicy in Poland; Los miserables in Spain
(1925-1926) French
B&W : 32 reels / 9500 metres
Directed by Henri Fescourt

Cast: Gabriel Gabrio [Jean Valjean], Paul Jorge [Monsigneur Myriel], Sandra Milowanoff [Fantine/Cosette], Jean Toulout [Javert], François Rozet [Marius], Georges Saillard [Thénardier], Renée Carl [Madame Thénardier], Nivette Saillard (Suzanne Nivette) [Eponine], Andrée Rolane [Cosette, as a child], Charles Badiole [Gavroche], Luc Dartagnan [Pontmercy], Sylviane de Castillo [Soeur Simplice (Sister Simplice)], Emilien Richaud [Bamatabois], Victor Dujeu [Fauchelevent], Paul Guidé [Enjolras], Jeanne Marie-Laurent [Madame Magloire], Claire Darcey-Roche [Madamoiselle Baptistine], Henri Maillard [Gillenormand], Marion Darcy [Azelma], Jeanne Méa [Madamoiselle Gillenormand], Marcelle Barry [Madame Victurnien], Gilbert Dacheux [le domestique (the domestic)], Brevet, Chenildieu, Cochepaille

Films de France [Société des Cinéromans] production; distributed by Pathé Consortium Cinéma. / Produced by Louis Nalpas + [Jean Sapene and Henri Fescourt]. Scenario by Henri Fescourt + [Arthur Bernède], from the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Art direction by Louis Nalpas. Set design by Georges Quénu. Furniture and properties by Madame Paul Castiaux. Costume design by Charles Betout. Hair stylist, Marcel Jousselin. Assistant directors, René Barberis and Henri Debain. Cinematography by Raoul Aubourdier, Karemine Merobian, Georges Lafont and Léon Donot. Edited by Jean-Louis Bouquet. / The film was released in four parts (one part each week): [1] “Jean Valjean,” premiered 25 December 1925; [2] “Fantine,” released 31 December 1925; [3] “Marius,” released 8 January 1926; [4] “L’Epopée de la rue St. Denis,” released 15 January 1926. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The film was originally released in France in four feature-length parts, running a total of approximately seven hours. The film premiered in England in April 1926 (in two parts): [1] “The Soul of Humanity”; [2] “The Barricades.” The film was released in the USA in a two-part, 15-reel version (edited by Paul Gulick) by Universal Pictures Corporation, which premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York, New York, on 8 July 1926: [1] “The Soul of Humanity”; [2] “The Barricades.” The film was released in Finland on 17 October 1926. The film was released in Germany by Deulig Europa-Produktion in 1927. The film was released in Portugal on 13 June 1927. The film was rereleased in the USA by Universal Pictures Corporation on 22 August 1927 in two lengths: one print ran eleven reels, another was cut to eight reels (7713 feet). The camera negative is currently being digitally restored with its original color-tinting and color-toning at the French State Archives at Bois d’Arcy, France, in collaboration with the Cinématheque de Toulouse.

Drama: Historical.

Survival status: Prints exist [35mm nitrate camera negative, 35mm positives].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Authors: Victor Hugo - Children - France - French

Listing updated: 6 February 2012.

References: Bardèche-History p. 226; Bohn-Light pp. 159, 161; Shipman-Cinema p. 89; Steinbrunner-Encyclopedia p. 218 : ClasIm-220 p. 44; ClasIm-224 p. 26; ClasIm-226 pp. 22, 24, 26, 28 : Website-IMDb : with additional information provided by Lenny Borger.

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