Detroit Film Theatre
DFT 101: LES MISERABLES, part I
Saturday, July 28, 2012
2:00 PM Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall
(France/1934—directed by Raymond Bernard)
Hailed by film critics around the world as the greatest screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s mammoth nineteenth-century novel, Raymond Bernard’s dazzling, nearly five-hour Les misérables is a breathtaking tour de force, unfolding with all the depth and detail of its source, yet possessing an epic, narrative grandeur all its own. Featuring stunning art direction and cinematography and unforgettable performances by the extraordinary Harry Baur (who died tragically during World War II) as Jean Valjean and the legendary Charles Vanel as Inspector Javert, this all-too-rarely seen yet absolutely essential screen version of Les misérables is one of the triumphs of French filmmaking. In French with English subtitles. (Part I approximately 195 minutes)
Screenings of the summer DFT 101 series will take place in the DIA’s Lecture Hall, located on the museum’s ground floor – use Woodward or Farnsworth for entry. Film admission to this series is included with the price of general DIA admission, and is free to DIA members as well.
The Café DIA, located just steps from the Lecture Hall, offers full food and beverage service and is open from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.