History Fridge / LesMiserables

29th Nov '17 9:52:26 PM Pamina
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** Here's another one from Les Mis. Jean Valjean's [[HeelFaceTurn repentence song]] ("What Have I Done?") is about how the bishop's love has turned his life around. [[InspectorJavert Inspector Javert's]] [[DrivenToSuicide suicide song]] ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Javert's Suicide"]]) is about how Valjean's love has turned his life around...only in a completely opposite way. The tunes to both songs are the same. Every song in this musical gets a reprise (most of them [[DarkReprise increasingly darker]]), and it's fittingly ironic that the hero's song about deciding to live a purposeful, redeemed life should return as the [[AntiVillain antagonist's]] song about being unable to continue with life.

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** * Here's another one from Les Mis. Jean Valjean's [[HeelFaceTurn repentence song]] ("What Have I Done?") is about how the bishop's love has turned his life around. [[InspectorJavert Inspector Javert's]] [[DrivenToSuicide suicide song]] ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Javert's Suicide"]]) is about how Valjean's love has turned his life around...only in a completely opposite way. The tunes to both songs are the same. Every song in this musical gets a reprise (most of them [[DarkReprise increasingly darker]]), and it's fittingly ironic that the hero's song about deciding to live a purposeful, redeemed life should return as the [[AntiVillain antagonist's]] song about being unable to continue with life.




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* When Jean Valjean sings "Who Am I?" about whether or not to reveal his identity to save an innocent man, the words "Who am I?" have two possible meanings. "Am I Monsieur Madeleine or am I Jean Valjean?" and "What kind of person am I?"



* While it doesn't really play a role in the musical itself, a ''[[SarcasmMode truly lovely]]'' line sung by Thénardier about using [[KickTheDog body parts from horses and even poor dead housecats]] as filler for sausages will sometimes stick in one's mind, especially for those that are cat lovers, those eating while watching, or both. Especially in [[Film/LesMiserables2012 the 2012 film]], when the cat he uses is ''right there'' when he's singing.

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* While it doesn't really play a role in the musical itself, a ''[[SarcasmMode truly lovely]]'' line sung by Thénardier about using [[KickTheDog body parts from horses and even poor dead housecats]] house cats]] as filler for sausages will sometimes stick in one's mind, especially for those that are cat lovers, those eating while watching, or both. Especially in [[Film/LesMiserables2012 the 2012 film]], when the cat he uses is ''right there'' when he's singing.



** Especially since the next time we see her, it's for "On My Own", in which she seems considerably more broken-down and sad, wandering the streets at night daydreaming about Marius, and she's obviously not staying with her family any more.

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** Especially since the next time we see her, it's for "On My Own", in which she seems considerably more broken-down and sad, wandering the streets at night daydreaming about Marius, and she's obviously not staying with her family any more. She may well have been afraid to go home.
26th Nov '17 5:37:36 AM BlackAvarice
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*Ever wonder why Javert looks up after [[spoiler: pinning his medal on Gavroche's clothes in the aftermath of the battle?]] ''He's looking at Enjolras.''
26th Nov '17 5:12:17 AM BlackAvarice
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* This doubles as a TearJerker at the end when all the deceased cast at the end stand behind the large barricade in heaven. It hits you when you remember is heaven is as you visualize it to be. To the Friends of the ABC, their heaven was a world where everyone would stand by them and they weren't alone. Not abandoned behind the barricade to [[DyingAlone die alone]] [[AllforNothing and in vain.]]

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* This doubles as a TearJerker at the end when all the deceased cast at the end stand behind the large barricade in heaven. It hits you when you remember is heaven is as you visualize it to be. To the Friends of the ABC, their heaven was a world where everyone would stand by them and they weren't alone. Not [[spoiler: Compared that to how they felt abandoned behind the their last barricade to [[DyingAlone die alone]] [[AllforNothing and in vain.]] ]]
26th Nov '17 5:06:49 AM BlackAvarice
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* This doubles as a TearJerker at the end when all the deceased cast at the end stand behind the large barricade in heaven. It hits you when you remember is heaven is as you visualize it to be. To the Friends of the ABC, their heaven was a world where everyone would stand by them and they weren't alone. Not abandoned behind the barricade to [[DyingAlone die alone]] [[AllforNothing and in vain.]]
25th Jun '17 2:11:19 PM CJCroen1393
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* When you think about the tone of the story, it makes perfect sense for Thenardier and his wife to be the AdaptationalComicRelief in the musical--with a good 99% of the cast being tragic, broken people, it would be extremely distasteful to laugh at any of them...so the comic relief characters are [[CardCarryingVillain the two people who AREN'T tragic.]]
4th Apr '17 6:54:42 AM Raconteur11037
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* In "(Building) The Barricade", while Javert is [[PaperThinDisguise rather poorly]] masquerading as a revolutionary, he sings in a different melody (and if memory serves, a different key) than the members of Les Amis, but neither does he sing in any of his associated melodies. This backs his attempt to conceal his identity, while simultaneously reinforcing the idea that he doesn't quite belong among the barricade boys.
24th Mar '17 12:03:11 PM holacaracola
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** That could also be a reference to the Marsellaise "Marchez, marchez, qu'un sang impur abreuve nos cillons", which also makes sense as the students were shown singing it in the book.
12th Feb '17 11:53:50 AM CockroachCharlie
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** Not likely as he sees her earlier during the argument in his factory. He has literally seen her face before.
23rd Sep '16 1:38:57 PM CupcakeOtaku87
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* Most people are very divided on Russel Crowe’s performance of Javert, citing an overall lack of range, volume, and vocal presence, especially in “Stars.” It is usually seen as a declaration of Javert’s crusade to capture Valjean, using the stars and God as his witness. However, in the film version, Crowe’s Javert is singing this song right after Valjean has just escaped him for the second time. Crowe’s Javert sings the song much more softly, but with just as much emphasis, while walking along a narrow ledge. This is not a Javert that is planning a personal crusade, but a Javert reassuring himself in his faith that, just as the stars have their order in the sky, so too does the world have an order, which is the law. His faith in this order is illustrated by his walking on the ledge; it is dangerous, and he could fall, but he firmly believes that God will keep him from falling in accordance with this order, just as He orders the stars in the sky. This is referenced again in “Javert’s Suicide;” once again, he is walking along a ledge and pondering the order of the world. However, this time, his belief in this order is shaken. He remarks that “the stars are black and cold,” and is no longer certain about his faith in God or the nature of the law. When this faith is challenged, he falls from the ledge and dies.

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* Most people are very divided on Russel Crowe’s performance of Javert, citing an overall lack of range, volume, and vocal presence, especially in “Stars.” It is usually seen as a declaration of Javert’s crusade to capture Valjean, using the stars and God as his witness. However, in the film version, Crowe’s Javert is singing this song right after Valjean has just escaped him for the second time. Crowe’s Javert sings the song much more softly, but with just as much emphasis, while walking along a narrow ledge. This is not a Javert that is planning a personal crusade, but a Javert reassuring himself in his faith that, just as the stars have their order in the sky, so too does the world have an order, which is the law. His faith in this order is illustrated by his walking on the ledge; it is dangerous, and he could fall, but he firmly believes that God will keep him from falling in accordance with this order, just as He orders the stars in the sky. This is referenced again in “Javert’s Suicide;” Suicide;” once again, he is walking along a ledge and pondering the order of the world. However, this time, his belief in this order is shaken. He remarks that “the stars are black and cold,” and is no longer certain about his faith in God or the nature of the law. When this faith is challenged, he falls from the ledge and dies.




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* One lyric in "Do You Hear The People Sing" says "''The blood of the martyrs will water the meadows of France.''" This is likely a reference to UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson's "tree of liberty" quote (see the linked page). Jefferson was an early contributor and strong supporter of the French Revolution, so it makes sense that the Amis would pay homage to him.
11th Mar '16 7:25:44 AM Marwolaeth
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* In the song "Plumit Attack", right after "Heart Full of Love", Thenardier tells Eponine that if she screams to warn Valjean and Cossette that she'll "regret it for a year". Later, after she does it, he shouts "I'll make you scream, you'll scream alright". In at least one of the stage versions, he's physically restraining her as he says this. Just what does he do to her afterwords?

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* In the song "Plumit "Plumet Attack", right after "Heart Full of Love", Thenardier tells Eponine that if she screams to warn Valjean and Cossette Cosette that she'll "regret it for a year". Later, after she does it, he shouts "I'll make you scream, you'll scream alright". In at least one of the stage versions, he's physically restraining her as he says this. Just what does he do to her afterwords?
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