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Film, "Les Misérables": The Follies of 1832

"Les Misérables": The Follies of 1832

You can hear the people sing — really hear them — in the long-gestating screen version of that Broadway juggernaut Les Misérables. Countering the standard practice of having the actors in a film musical lip-synch their songs to prerecorded tracks…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: S.F. Opera Opens Its 90th Season with <em>Rigoletto</em>

Video of the Day: S.F. Opera Opens Its 90th Season with Rigoletto

When Verdi's Rigoletto debuted in 1851, censors demanded changes. The libretto, based on Victor Hugo's long-banned play The King Amuses Himself, now begins with the shameless Duke of Mantua (a thinly veiled Francis I of France) and his hunchback jester,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist 25th Anniversary of <em>Les Mis&eacute;rables</em> Is Not to Be Les Missed

25th Anniversary of Les Misérables Is Not to Be Les Missed

I love it when theater companies take a classic and really re-vamp the hell out of it. If you think you have seen Les Misérables, I assure you, you have not seen it like this. Inspired by the paintings of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hey, Watch the Suit!

Hey, Watch the Suit!

Of all the ways to break through the fourth wall — look at the audience, talk to the audience, commiserate with the audience — we like the way the Primitive Screwheads do it: They pour blood on the audience. Not…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bells Are Ringing

Bells Are Ringing

In a blessedly inspired pairing of venue and program, Lon Chaney makes the heavy church bells chime twice tonight in the skyscraping religious landmark and tourist destination astride Nob Hill. (No, we don’t mean the Top of the Mark.) The…
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Film, Good Grief

Good Grief

Victor Hugo called grief "a divine and terrible radiance which transfigures the wretched," and anyone who has ever found himself touching the sleeve of his father's favorite jacket on the day after his funeral, or gazing at the toy-strewn floor…
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