Les Mis 1935 group watch

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Red Scare Les Mis group watch on Saturday December 3rd!

Let me know if you want in!

[more info here]

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Chapter I – Strategy’s Zigzags

readthebrick:

First of all

Mr. Hugo LOOOOVES Paris

A lot

If it was legal to marry a city, we we be reading a book by Mr. Victor Paris rn

And our pal Vic is cranky that cities change their layout over periods of time

but basically he puts this in cause if he fucks up where a street is no one will be like

“BUT BUT BUT!! YOU SAID THAT THERE WAS A STREET HERE BUT YOU ARE WROOOONG”

VH knew how to avoid the trolls when avoiding trolls was simply a matter of superstition and careful bridge crossing

Anyways, JVJ and Cosette are zigzagging around Paris’ sidewalks

And Cosette is like, idk where we’re going, but ilu

And JVJ is like “was that Javert? idk, but I’m NEVA GOING BACK TO THAT HOUSE AGAIN”

And then he figures out that some people are following him so he hides in a doorway to see their faces as they pass

Because he’s still not really sure if Javert found him or not, seeing as he’s supposed to be dead and all

And then the moon hits the face of one of the dudes and

IT’S

JA

VEEEEEEEEERT

Tomorrow: Chapter II – It Is Fortunate That Vehicles Can Cross The Pont D’Austerlitz

Omg, “Mr. Victor Paris” xD … He totally would tho

Also for the record, he’s totally cheating because he IS making things up. Well, not in this chapter so much, but in the following chapters he literally invents a whole imaginary quarter of the city called “Petit-Picpus” that never existed.

La Bataille d’Hernani (2002) recaps part 2

[first part]

Hugo finally gets his fancy pants on and goes to see the king

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Charles X: Ah, monsieur Hugo, please do step into my comically huge office.

… Or that’s what he should have said. In fact he doesn’t say anything, just waits for Hugo in awkward silence like a gleefully sadistic school principal.

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Never mind us, we’ll just be over here, judging you.

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Oops. Guess those trousers really were too small.

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Hugo is regretting all his decisions.

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*JUDGING FACE*

Charlie gets right into business, asking Hugo whatever made him think it was a good idea to write a play about a courtesan. And Hugo’s all like “the theater is an image of life and everybody has a place in it” and then Charlie’s like “well in the past it has been thought that certain things should happen off stage” and Hugo’s like “well, not anymore! :3”

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Charlie: So your play was accepted to the Comédie-Française?

Hugo: Yes! With acclaim! 😀

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Charlie: And then it was banned by my ministers. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Hugo:

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Then because Charlie apparently loves to leave conversations hanging, they talk about Hugo’s politics and how he’s totally always been a good patriotic royalist (well… Hugo very smoothly talks about his family having “always served France”) and even wrote a poem honoring Charlie’s coronation* which Charlie though was very sensible.

* this actually happened

Then he brings up

Hugo’s Les Orientales, because, again, Charlie likes to jump from topic to topic. Anyway Charlie mentions their maybe a bit… not so conservative themes and style.

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Charlie: Ah, what virtuosity, what… audacity! Hahaha!

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Charlie: Better not get any ideas though

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*awkward silence*

Charlie says something about how the greatest authors of the day all want to ban Romantics from the Comédie-Française (or something like that) and, well, Hugo is a Romantic isn’t he?

Hugo is like “But Dumas got to have his play staged there and he’s a Romantic too! :C”

Hugo thinks you can’t just ban all the young authors from the national scene. Charlie says young people just always want to fool around and the

Comédie-Française should give an example of Good Taste and respect order, monarchy and religion.

Hugo’s like I’m totally respectful of monarchy and religion! And Charlie’s like “that’s what you say.”

Charlie: Mess around with poetry all you like but keep your hands off France.

And then he just dismisses Hugo and Hugo’s apparently too mad to even come up with a response.

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*PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE BOW*

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It would have been a cooler exit if the servant hadn’t had to stop him to give him back the button he dropped earlier.


TO BE CONTINUED

Scary Commie Enjolras from Les Mis ‘35 has the best faces.

Idk about you but I’d follow him to the barricades any time

(He’s not literally a communist but you know what I mean. Also seriously it’s kind of hilarious how hard they try to make him unsympathetic and how badly they fail at it.)

midautumnnightdream:

amelancholycharm:

pilferingapples:

pilferingapples:

a non-exhaustive (yet long) and utterly un-peer-reviewed list of types of French Romantic Poetry, to be amended whenever I feel like it

– This woman is a metaphor, or possibly This Metaphor is a Woman
– How About That French Revolution
– Oh Napoleon (you are possibly a metaphor)
-Cats
– Fuck the Bourbon Restoration 
– Fuck Neoclassicism 
-Modern Art Makes Me Want To Rock Out 
-Friendship Is Magic 
-I Want to Fuck this Woman and/or Abstract Concept, Possibly Metaphorically
– I Want to Fuck This Art, Not At All Metaphorically
-Sometimes Dudes Are Hot Too
– FUCK LOUIS-PHILIPPE AND ALSO EVERYTHING ABOUT MY LIFE, WHAT THE GODFORSAKENING HELL JUST HAPPENED

-My Mistress is Dead 
-Dead People Are Hogging All the Graves, Some Alive People Want to Be In Graves Too
– My Dreams Are Haunted By Death
-Dying Awesomely Looks Hot On Men and Women And Buildings 
– Death Death Death Skulls Death 
-Cats 
-God is Dead
-Wow We Sure Are Death Obsessed It’s Like We’re Living Through a Plague Epidemic 
-Fuck the Bourgeoisie so much 
-EGYPT EGYPT EGYPT!
-You Know Who Makes Good Art, Not the Bourgeoisie
-Women: Still Hot
– Literally, My Mistress is Dead 
-Art Is The Only Real Thing In This Lying Bastard World 
– …Okay Friendship Is Still Magic
– My Repressive Government Sent Me To Algeria and All I Got Was This Lousy Stanza
-FUCK NAPOLEON III
-Just Because All My Friends Are Dead Doesn’t Mean The Slumber Party’s Off
-Cats 

ADDENDUM THAT IS REALLY THE WHOLE THING:
-Death Is Super Hot And We Should Date

Should there be a point system for getting more than one theme per poem?

that Houssaye poem, for example, manages to tick off My Mistress Is Dead, Women Are Hot, Friendship Is Magic, AND Cats (and I may have missed a few…)

– BUTTERFLIES!!! or possibly flowers, Except This is Really About Death

– The Past Sure Was Awesome

–  The Nature Is Sentinent And We Should Probably Be Afraid Of It

– Everything Beautiful Is Fleeting And Shall Perish (And Is Possibly Also A Woman)

(La Bohème Dorée sure has everything 😀 There is enough sighing over Art and Architecture to veer into, if not actual non-metaphorical fucking territory, then at least into Remember That Hot Painting? Our Lost Youth Shall Live On In Our Memories)

This week’s group watch: Les Miserables 1935 (the American one!)

(Also known as the Red Scare version)

So… for the sake of variety we decided to go for something a bit different this time. And by different I mean bad. I need to be honest with you: this is going to be a hate-watch. If you happen to actually like this movie, this might not be for you… x)

I mean… this isn’t the worst Les Mis adaptation there is (there are such horrors out there that you cannot even imagine) but it’s pretty bad. Basically the problem is that this was made in the heyday of the ultra moralistic Hays Code in Hollywood. And also the Red Scare thing.

Basically this is Les Mis made by people who thought the book was too edgy and radical for American audiences.

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^ Yep, there’s literal galleys in this one. They weren’t super concerned about historical accuracy either.


The essential stuff:

  • The group watch time is Saturday December 3rd at 5pm GMT
  • The movie is 1h47min and we’ll have a short intermission in the middle

  • The meeting “place” is the group watch Slack team (Team Shoujo Cosette) This is also where the videos will be uploaded
  • Contact me if you want to join in! And please do so before Saturday!

And most importantly:

EVERYBODY IS WELCOME