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1935 classic “Les Misérables” at BYU film archive series Nov. 16

The Brigham Young University Motion Picture Film Series will screen “Les Misérables” Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium as part of its 14th season of archived film showings.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and early arrival is encouraged for an assured seat. Children age eight and over are welcome. BYU dress standards apply.

The 1935 film, directed by Richard Boleslawski, was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Cinematography. Fredric March stars as Jean Valjean and Charles Laughton as Inspector Javert in one of the earliest full-length film adaptations of Victor Hugo’s famous novel.

Since the novel was written in 1862, it has been adapted to film or as a TV miniseries more than 60 times in at least 10 different languages. The next film adaptation is scheduled to be released on Dec. 25, 2012. The new film, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, is based on the popular musical adaptation from producer Cameron Mackintosh.

Also shown will be “Chapter Six” of the 1939 serial “Dick Tracy’s G-Men.” One chapter will be shown with each of the 15 film screenings during the entire series season through May 2013.

The BYU Motion Picture Archive Film Series is an ongoing series of classic American motion pictures from the permanent collection of the Motion Picture Archive at BYU’s L. Tom Perry Special Collections. The series is co-sponsored by the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, the Friends of the Harold B. Lee Library and Dennis & Linda Gibson.

For more information, contact James D’Arc at (801) 422-6371, james_darc@byu.edu.

Writer: Preston Wittwer

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