Les Miserable’s essay
The 1978 version of Les Miserable staring Richard Jordon clearly shows a better adaption of the novel (written by Victor Hugo) over the 1998 version of the film starring Liam Neeson. In The 1978 version two themes are significantly highlighted: misery and redemption. And the last main reason the film was extremely better was because how it displayed Richard Jordan’s desire for survival and erudition of love.
Misery is shown and illustrated much better in the 1978 version over the 1998. Fantine, the mother of Cosette, is extremely dirty bruised and beaten very much all over her body. She retained little beauty which shows what extreme measures she went through and all the misery she has been through by the looks of her bruised body. One main point of the 1978 film is to show Jean Valjean’s rugged stay in the jail for nineteen years. In the 1998 version there are no scenes of him in jail, so his horrid experiences of hard labor and mental suffering are better depicted in the 1978 film.
In the 1978 version, redemption is shown well by the acting , and is one of the main themes as the novel. In the movie, Jeans lifts the cart off of the man to save his life with great strength from being in prison. Jean hears from Javert that his fake identity is in trial, so to redeem himself from the greater good; he goes to the trial and turns himself in. In the 1978 film, Jean steals the candlesticks and the silverware from the minister and is caught. Instead of turning Jean in, the minister says that he gave Jean the items and teaches Jean to be kind, loving, and capable of changing into a better man. This film without question is better than the 1998 version.
Love in the earlier version of the film is a primary focus and is expressed through the character Jean. For example, in the scene where Marius is shot, Jean takes the wounded Marius through the disgusting sewers in order to save Jean's love, Cossett. In the 1978 version, it is...