When I first was asked if I knew «Laymiz», I said no. It was only after I was explained the plot that I realized they were in fact talking about “Les miz.” short for: Les Misérables, and were refering to the stage musical adapted from this masterpiece of French literature. The stage musical was first produced in 1980 in Paris and directed by Robert Hossein. Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel wrote the lyrics of the songs Claude-Michel Schönberg composed. Their translation to English by Herbert Kretmzer turned the musical into a worldwide success. The next natural step was to illustrate the saying “There’s no business like showbusiness”, and turn it into a movie. If you are French, you might be acquainted with the countless adaptations of the classic, both for television and cinema. This, however, is the first adaptation of the stage musical. Directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Amanda Seyfried and Sacha Baron Cohen. Here are a few scattered images from the trailer. This first glimpse only allows us to get a general idea of the indeed very 19th-century/ «Oliver Twist»-like photography. After the Susan Boyle phenomenon from Britain’s got talent, the trailer chooses, once again, to put the same song «I dreamed a dream» on the spotlight. Does the movie come too late? Or will Anne Hathaway manage to give a new birth to the song and be believable as a tormented Fantine?
For my part, I have had a bit of an overdose, but I let you judge for yourself: