I Miserabili Group Watch
I’d like to introduce everyone to what is unironically my very favorite Les Mis adaptation – the 1964 Italian Miniseries!
- When: Every Saturday at 4 PM UTC, starting Saturday, September 3rd. Remember to take Daylight Savings Time into account when converting from UTC!
- We’ll be watching one or two episodes every week, with an intermission between the two, so it will last for at least five weeks.
- Where: Slack (on team Shoujo Cosette)
Whether you have or have not joined the Slack team for the Shoujo Cosette or Dallas Les Mis group watch, or whether or not you have ever even heard of Slack, you are absolutely welcome to join us for this!
- Just contact me @elliotenjolras (by message or by ask) and I’ll add you to the team, answer any questions, and help you figure out how it works if you’ve never used Slack before!
What’s “I Miserabili” and what’s so special about it?
“I Miserabili” is the Italian name for Les Mis, but in this case refers specifically to the 1964 mini-series. Like any adaptation, it has notes it hits out of the park and others that fall flat, but what makes this series so special for me is that the tone of the whole thing matches the book extremely well, and it pulls on the same emotional strings, in some cases even more so with the addition of the acting and the ability to see it on screen. I can tell that the creators of the series loved Les Mis, the book, as much as I do and for a lot of the same reasons, and so even where it misses the mark, I can forgive it a great deal.
Have you ever wanted “just one adaptation” to include the Bishop’s personality, or more of Fantine before she worked at the factory, or wished the Thernardiers were treated more seriously, or even that Champmathieu’s trial was included in full? This is the adaptation for you.
Have you ever wished just one adaptation would include all of the Amis and focus on their politics specifically? Well, I can’t quite promise you that (a few of them are still missing), but they are given more focus, and allowed to talk about their specific politics, and Feuilly and Combeferre especially are significant characters in their own rights.
Have you never read the book before, and maybe aren’t so keen on tackling a 1400 page novel at the moment, but you love Les Mis and want to get more of a taste of the novel? This is a great version for that, and so is the community surrounding it!
Whether you’ve heard of this series or not (or even watched it before, maybe without subtitles), I’d very much like to share this with you (in a version with English subtitles) and watch it together. Absolutely everyone is welcome, even and especially if you have no idea who I am.
I’ve never heard of Slack. How do I join?
Slack is an online messaging tool (but it also has an application for desktop and mobile) designed for businesses and work teams. Think Skype, but somewhat less buggy and designed better for group collaboration and sharing/uploading files. It’s fairly simple to use, but I can answer any questions that may come up.
The team is called “Team Shoujo Cosette” because Shoujo Cosette is the first adaptation that was hosted on there.
All you need to do to join is message me and share an email address (it doesn’t have to be your “real” email address, but it does have to receive mail); then, when I add you to the group, you’ll receive instructions in your email for how to join the team!
You can stream the episodes yourself, or links will be provided to download ahead of time if your internet connection is in question (in which case I encourage you to join before Saturday so as to have them downloaded).
I hope to see you all by next week!
omg omg I’m in
All I know of this movie is that it’s one of the most faithful (it has the Orion scene!) and that its faithfulness is inversely proportionate to its budget. It’s one of @trompe-la-mort‘s favorites and @trompe-la-mort has probably the biggest collection of Les Mis adaptations in the fandom, so that’s saying something.
Sounds like a pretty accurate description to me. 😛 It definitely is the most faithful and complete screen adaptation that I’ve seen at least and I’ve seen a bunch of them. But yeah, it’s also super cheap and it shows. Nothing wrong with that of course if you find that sort of thing charming.
It’s very much a TV adaptation so it’s not very “cinematic” either. (Also IMO you can tell that the director and the scriptwriter were both theatre people first; there’s something very stage-play-ish about the whole series..? Even though it’s obviously way too long to be a stage play.) Buuuut that also means it really focuses on the characters above all and, since it’s so long, it gives even minor characters a ton of screentime which is cool and something I haven’t seen much in other adaptations.