Les Miserables


Since its original publication, Les Misérables has been the subject of a large number of adaptations in numerous types of media, such as books, films, musicals, plays and games.

Notable examples of these adaptations include:

  • The 1935 film directed by Richard Boleslawski, starring Fredric March and Charles Laughton, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
  • The 1937 radio adaptation by Orson Welles.[37]
  • The 1958 film adaptation directed by Jean-Paul Le Chanois, with an international cast starring Jean Gabin, Bernard Blier, and Bourvil.[38] Called "the most memorable film version", it was filmed in East Germany and was overtly political.[39]
  • The 1978 television film adaptation, starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Perkins.
  • The 1980 musical, by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg.[40]
  • The 1998 film, starring Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush.[41]
  • The 2000 TV miniseries, starring Gérard Depardieu and John Malkovich.[42]
  • The 2012 film of the musical, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway.[43]
  • A 2013 Japanese manga adaptation by Takahiro Arai, to be published in Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine from September 2013.[44]


  • Laura Kalpakian's Cosette: The Sequel to Les Misérables was published in 1995. It continues the story of Cosette and Marius, but is more a sequel to the musical than to the original novel.
  • In 2001, two French novels by François Cérésa that continue Hugo's story appeared: Cosette ou le temps des illusions and Marius ou le fugitif. The former has been published in an English translation. Javert appears as a hero who survived his suicide attempt and become religious; Thénardier returns from America; Marius is unjustly imprisoned.[45] The works were the subject of an unsuccessful lawsuit brought by Hugo's great-great-grandson.[46][47]

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