Les Misérables (PG*) + live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand
23 April 2017
We welcome pianist Neil Brand, one of the world’s leading accompanists of silent film, for what will without doubt become one of the landmark events of the 2017 UK film year.
Neil will accompany Henri Fescourt’s seven hour adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. Never before screened in the UK, and known until now only in a black and white version, it will be presented in a new restoration with all the riches of the various colour techniques employed by Fescourt in 1925 (tinting, toning, and mordanting).
With its 365 chapters divided into 48 books and 5 volumes, Victor Hugo’s 1862 masterwork is perhaps the world’s most adapted novel, with upwards of 50 film adaptations since 1909, as well as innumerable stage productions, animation films, video games, and radio adaptations.
Among all these, however, it is not too much to surmise that Henri Fescourt’s 1925 version is the most faithful in every sense – to the narrative, the philosophy, the humanity, and the morality.
France 1925-26 Dir Henri Fescourt 397 min
© 1925 - Société des Cinéromans Les Films de France (catalog Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé). The restoration of the film was done at the CNC Laboratory in collaboration with and partnership with Pathe and The Jerome Seydoux-Pathe Foundation.
With thanks to Elena Beltrami (Le Giornate del Cinema Muto) and Underlight, Trieste for English translations