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Les Miserables 2012 Breaks With Years of Tradition in Musical Film-making Method

by Tim Suttle.

Les Miserables is one of the greatest artistic expressions of grace and redemption ever created. The novel was written by the great Victor Hugo, who also penned The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The story has been told in nearly artistic medium since it was first published 150 years ago this year.

A new adaptation of the stage musical is being developed for the big screen and it looks like it’s going to be amazing. The cast includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and others. Although the cast will provide the magic, the director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), came up with the method that will push this film over the top.

Instead of lip-syncing to a pre-recorded soundtrack, the actors and actresses are singing it live to film. In the filming, each actor is fitted with a tiny ear piece through which they can hear a pianist who is playing the score. The pianist allows the actor to set the tempo of the music – to ebb and flow with the emotion of their performance instead of sticking to a pre-recorded track. The impact on the performance will be stunning.

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