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Ka-Ching: Selling 'Les Miz' to Christian Audiences Pays Off
Big Hollywood ^ | 3 Jan 2013, 1:23 PM PDT | by Breitbart News

Posted on 01/03/2013 4:50:37 PM PST by drewh

The film version of the beloved musical "Les Misérables" boasts plenty of box office-friendly attributes. Name recognition is through the roof, the film's cast features some of today's most charismatic actors and the production is unlike any other film currently playing in theaters.

The minds behind the film's marketing efforts took one extra measure to ensure its success, and its paying off handsomely.

The story in "Les Misérables" is heavy with Christian themes of grace, mercy and redemption. The line everyone seems to remember is "to love another person is to see the face of God.”

NBC Universal looked to capitalize on those components and promoted the film to pastors, Christian radio hosts and influence-makers in the Christian community.

The result? "Les Misérables" has already earned $80 million at the box office since its Christmas Day release, and that's despite massive competition from "Django Unchained," "The Hobbit" and "Jack Reacher."

It's hardly an isolated incident. "The Passion of the Christ" proved faith-friendly fare could yield blockbusters as well as costumed clad avengers. Even small films like "Fireproof" have shown studios the wisdom of appealing to Christian crowds.

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1 posted on 01/03/2013 4:50:40 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh

What drivel. To love another person is to see the face of God???? Really? How Christian or Biblical is that??? Not at all. It does fit in nicely with the Buddhists and other such folks who believe that God is in everything and everyone.

While their are Christian ideas in Hugo’s work the movie spends too much time glorifying the revolution (as did the musical). The revolution is nothing more than left wing communism. There is nothing in the musical’s progressively that acknowledges the devastation that this novel speaks of. Hugo told a far different talethan either B’way or Hollyweird


2 posted on 01/03/2013 5:07:19 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster; drewh

I believe it has something to do with these verses in the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 25...

‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Jean Valjean did an act of great kindness to the dying Fantine when he adopted her daughter and took her in as his own family.


3 posted on 01/03/2013 5:17:27 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

And that is very different than to love a person is to see the face of God....My statements are accurate. That belief is from the eastern faiths.

Higo’s book is NOT the same is the musical (stage or screen). Do not be deceived. hollyweird wants your money and your soul. They are not interested in producing movies with a Christian foundation. Jean Valjean was trying to use his works to justify his previous life. That is never an act of kindness.


4 posted on 01/03/2013 5:30:52 PM PST by Nifster
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To: drewh

Doesn’t matter to me. lol Anne Hathaway is in it; that is a deal breaker to me. Much like anything with Matt Damon or Sean Penn et al.


5 posted on 01/03/2013 5:38:02 PM PST by ozaukeemom (Is there even a republic left?)
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To: Nifster

RE: And that is very different than to love a person is to see the face of God...That belief is from the eastern faiths.

How is that from Eastern faiths? Jesus Himself said what you have done to the least of your brethren YOU HAVE DONE TO HIM.

It might not be seeing God’s face, but it sure is close to seeing the face of His Son.

AS for Jean Valjean using his works to justify his previous life, I don’t see that in this movie.

He in fact told the truth to the courts rather than allow an innocent man to be jailed in his place when they mistakenly thought they captured Prisoner 24601 (Him).

He said this when he decided to reveal himself (lyrics to the song ): “My soul belongs to God, I know I made that promise long ago He gave me hope when hope was gone He gave me strength to journey on Who am I? Who am I? I am Jean Valjean!”

I am not a fan of Hollywood, but I can see a story of goodness, kindness and love when one is told.


6 posted on 01/03/2013 5:40:09 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Nifster

My wife and I taught engaged couples in church approved pre marriage retreats and the concept of God being present in the couple and family relationship was a key concept. Each partner should reflect God’s unconditional love to the other. It is the closest that any of us will get to that love and forgiveness. God is present at all times and even in the creation of new life. You are mistaken that this is not Christian marriage theology.


7 posted on 01/03/2013 6:12:56 PM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: Nifster

Since you cannot see the face of God...only his attributes...One of which is Love...

I say the quote is not that far off...

Only Moses was allowed to see God’s backside in passing for if he saw his face... He would die...


8 posted on 01/03/2013 6:33:18 PM PST by JZoback
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To: Nifster
Jean Valjean was trying to use his works to justify his previous life. That is never an act of kindness.

Your beliefs are your beliefs. I see Valjean following the example of the monsignor who forgives him for staeling. He does again with the man mis-identified as 24601 and again with Fantine and ultimately with Javert. His were not acts of selfishness in any way.

9 posted on 01/03/2013 6:34:20 PM PST by stboz
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To: Nifster

You do realize Les Mis is NOT about the French Revolution, right?


10 posted on 01/03/2013 6:43:21 PM PST by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: Nifster
The revolution is nothing more than left wing communism. There is nothing in the musical’s progressively that acknowledges the devastation that this novel speaks of. Hugo told a far different talethan either B’way or Hollyweird

The difference is, when we revolted, we separated from the Mother Country but when they revolted, they murdered all the old order and any suspected of being against the revolution.

Per Wikipedia; the death toll ranged in the tens of thousands, with 16,594 executed by guillotine (2,639 in Paris), and another 25,000 in summary executions across France. They especially murdered Catholic priests and nuns. The revolution drowned multiple Thousands in the Nantes river. All this in the name of Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood.

Their legacy of the "Reign of Terror" was the rise of Emperor Napoleon, the French Revolution of 1848 and the bloody Paris Commune of 1871, feeding a national ennui that lasts to this day.

Les Misérables is set at the end of the long period of the French Revolution and the subsequent rise and fall of Napoleon. I will never understand why any American wants to view a movie that glorifies this period of Satanic Barbarianism.

11 posted on 01/03/2013 6:45:05 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: safeasthebanks

Yes it is. It is the filty legacy of that Evil Revolution.


12 posted on 01/03/2013 6:46:21 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: safeasthebanks

Sorry, I was so energized I dropped an h.


13 posted on 01/03/2013 6:47:41 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: drewh

They could give away the tickets for all I care. The movie has been made several times in the past and was fairly good. Like most remakes, the re-makers are trying to sell the idea that their version is much better than the previous ones. In most cases, the only thing bigger is their egos and the only thing better is screen resolution. And as for being a musical, maybe they should have hired non-stutterers who can say the lines rather than have to sing them.


14 posted on 01/03/2013 6:51:19 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: higgmeister

Bzzt..try again


15 posted on 01/03/2013 7:27:06 PM PST by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: higgmeister

Bzzt..try again


16 posted on 01/03/2013 7:27:34 PM PST by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

I loved it on stage 20 years ago and I loved it on film last weekend..

Beautiful music.Wonderful film.

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17 posted on 01/03/2013 7:32:48 PM PST by Mears
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To: Nifster
What drivel. To love another person is to see the face of God???? Really? How Christian or Biblical is that??? Not at all.

The above statement "To love another person is to see the face of God" is entirely correct, for "Let Us make man in Our Image" ought to give one the key, to pause and reflect. Contradicting that Genesis statement is refuting the Bible, all of it, at the outset, and is taking the part of that old liar, the Devil. Is it not?

18 posted on 01/03/2013 8:56:11 PM PST by imardmd1 (Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. Ps 66:16)
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To: Nifster

Does the movie at all show the consequences of these revolutions, like the death toll?


19 posted on 01/03/2013 9:13:26 PM PST by tbw2
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To: tbw2

not really....it ends shortly after the barricade scene where yes lots of people die but the story focusses at that point on the ‘loe story’ angle


20 posted on 01/03/2013 10:06:53 PM PST by Nifster
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To: SeekAndFind

Because it is a fundamentally DIFFERENT idea....love another is not anything like doing for those who have less are outcast are the lest....to feed the hungry, help the poor is not the same as loving another. Those acts may come from love of God and a sense of duty but loving another individual is not in and of itself selfless. It is indeed what is taught in Buddhism ...the idea that you should love and honor the ‘god’ that exists within all of us in everything.


21 posted on 01/03/2013 10:10:20 PM PST by Nifster
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To: SeekAndFind

I would strongly recommend that you actually read Victor Hugo’s work rather than relying on what b’way and hollyweird have put up there.


22 posted on 01/03/2013 10:11:46 PM PST by Nifster
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To: sgtyork

AS a Christian trying to show my love as being equivalent to God’s love is an ideal. It may even be the best way to stay married. That is not what Les Mis is talking about nor is that the message of the movie. You have neither read the book nor seen the movie. You comment does not even come close to addressing the actual content and meaning of the movie.

I am glad you do work with couples in pre marital counseling. That is a good thing. I do believe that if more couples had the idea that today I am going to do things to show my partner the love that God has shown me then more marriages would last. That has nothing to do with this movie


23 posted on 01/03/2013 10:17:24 PM PST by Nifster
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To: stboz

Have you actually read Hugo’s work?


24 posted on 01/03/2013 10:18:48 PM PST by Nifster
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To: higgmeister

Thank you. You are exactly correct. Hugo’s book at least deals with this. The movie/musical does not. And your term Satanic Barbarism is spot on


25 posted on 01/03/2013 10:20:42 PM PST by Nifster
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To: imardmd1

Not even close to being contextually correct. Please Hugo’s book then we can talk.

I suggest that you look completely at the portion of Genesis....it includes a masculine noun ‘image’ and a feminine noun ‘likeness’. The commentaries are very clear and the explicit...man was created as a semblance as something that was like God but not God. After the fall man’s sin left him separated from his maker....no longer was he ‘in God’s image’ he was fallen and needed restoration.


26 posted on 01/03/2013 10:32:41 PM PST by Nifster
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To: imardmd1

Not even close to being contextually correct. Please read Hugo’s book then we can talk.

I suggest that you look completely at the portion of Genesis....it includes a masculine noun ‘image’ and a feminine noun ‘likeness’. The commentaries are very clear and the explicit...man was created as a semblance as something that was like God but not God. After the fall man’s sin left him separated from his maker....no longer was he ‘in God’s image’ he was fallen and needed restoration.


27 posted on 01/03/2013 10:32:55 PM PST by Nifster
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To: imardmd1

From Matthew Henry

“That man was made in God’s image and after his likeness, two words to express the same thing and making each other the more expressive; image and likeness denote the likest image, the nearest resemblance of any of the visible creatures. Man was not made in the likeness of any creature that went before him, but in the likeness of his Creator; yet still between God and man there is an infinite distance. Christ only is the express image of God’s person, as the Son of his Father, having the same nature. It is only some of God’s honour that is put upon man, who is God’s image only as the shadow in the glass, or the king’s impress upon the coin....”


28 posted on 01/03/2013 10:37:27 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster
From Matthew Henry

This is why we do not have any true image of The Christ, because (though a human as born possesses not the substance of The God as The Christ did/does), each human is imprinted with the face of The God, as The Christ was. Christ in form and face was accepted by mankind as of their/our kind, not necessarily being particularly 'beautiful' according to worldly standards (Is. 53:2), yet not being deformed by the effects of inborn Sin, as for some of us occurs.

Of course, though unique, certainly His face represented one of a thousand million ways The God chooses to show each of us as being a likeness of Him. Having a face of God does not make one of the substance of God, but it does stamp us as His Special Creation, made for fellowship with and love for/by Him, which no other creature was made to enjoy.

We need to realize that the most noxious, sin-ravaged, God-rejecting fellow creature is less repugnant to the Righteous God than His Only-begotten-in-the-flesh Son was when He bore all our sins in His Body on The Tree, and for which He suffered the eternal burning of Hell and the Lake of Fire in our place.

His Blood shed there was sufficient to wash away any fault in a human's flesh, soul, and spirit that would prevent The God from offering again his friendship, the Love of God in Christ Jesus. Would Christ loving a human wreck not be His seeing His own face and form imprinted on that poor creature? Were/are you not one of those? Is not loving another with the sovereign love of God the same as discerning the face of The God stamped upon another human?

For that is exactly what taking forth The Gospel of Christ to bring the news of reconciliation really is. Without it, you have no Gospel.

29 posted on 01/04/2013 12:38:53 AM PST by imardmd1 (Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. Ps 66:16)
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To: Nifster
From Matthew Henry

This is why we do not have any true image of The Christ, because (though a human as born possesses not the substance of The God as The Christ did/does), each human is imprinted with the face of The God, as The Christ was. Christ in form and face was accepted by mankind as of their/our kind, not necessarily being particularly 'beautiful' according to worldly standards (Is. 53:2), yet not being deformed by the effects of inborn Sin, as for some of us occurs.

Of course, though unique, certainly His face represented one of a thousand million ways The God chooses to show each of us as being a likeness of Him. Having a face of God does not make one of the substance of God, but it does stamp us as His Special Creation, made for fellowship with and love for/by Him, which no other creature was made to enjoy.

We need to realize that the most noxious, sin-ravaged, God-rejecting fellow creature is less repugnant to the Righteous God than His Only-begotten-in-the-flesh Son was when He bore all our sins in His Body on The Tree, and for which He suffered the eternal burning of Hell and the Lake of Fire in our place.

His Blood shed there was sufficient to wash away any fault in a human's flesh, soul, and spirit that would prevent The God from offering again his friendship, the Love of God in Christ Jesus. Would Christ loving a human wreck not be His seeing His own face and form imprinted on that poor creature? Were/are you not one of those? Is not loving another with the sovereign love of God the same as discerning the face of The God stamped upon another human?

For that is exactly what taking forth The Gospel of Christ to bring the news of reconciliation really is. Without it, you have no Gospel.

30 posted on 01/04/2013 12:39:02 AM PST by imardmd1 (Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. Ps 66:16)
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To: Nifster
Sorry, my index finger twitched again, as I hesitated in awe at my own marvelous creativity in responding to your message. Ah, well ---

But the movie "Les Miserables" (haven't seen it, probably won't) may perhaps not be exactly out of Victor Hugo's fingertips (have read that several times), but the Christian theme of sovereign preference for another, over self and others, is what seeing the face of God in another is all about. N'est ce pas?

31 posted on 01/04/2013 12:52:32 AM PST by imardmd1 (Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. Ps 66:16)
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To: Nifster

I have seen the movie. Of course it was a complicated story, but there were Christian themes that were pivotal and better depicted in the film than in the stage version which I have also seen.

We’re not going to see much better treatment from Hollywood in today’s culture.


32 posted on 01/04/2013 1:01:36 AM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: Nifster

I have seen the movie. Of course it was a complicated story, but there were Christian themes that were pivotal and better depicted in the film than in the stage version which I have also seen.

We’re not going to see much better treatment from Hollywood in today’s culture.


33 posted on 01/04/2013 1:01:47 AM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: Nifster

I have seen the movie. Of course it was a complicated story, but there were Christian themes that were pivotal and better depicted in the film than in the stage version which I have also seen.

We’re not going to see much better treatment from Hollywood in today’s culture.


34 posted on 01/04/2013 1:02:03 AM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: Nifster

RE: I would strongly recommend that you actually read Victor Hugo’s work rather than relying on what b’way and hollyweird have put up there.

We’re talking about the movie and the MUSICAL in this thread. How many people out there bother to read the book anyway?

If you want to discuss the book, I suggest we open another thread.


35 posted on 01/04/2013 4:48:11 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Nifster

RE: .to feed the hungry, help the poor is not the same as loving another.

Let me modify that, .to feed the hungry, help the poor is not NECESSARILY the same as loving another. However it CAN BE a manifestation of true love that exists in one’s heart.

How do you judge if what a person does comes out of love of God or comes from some sense of duty? Only God knows that.

As for the ‘god’ existing within all of us, methinks you are projecting too much of Buddhism and your own way of thinking into Jean Valjean.

All indicators in the story tell us that he was moved by the kindness of a CHRISTIAN Bishop, not some Buddhist monk from the Far East.


36 posted on 01/04/2013 4:53:15 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: imardmd1

This has turned ridiculous. This thread started out as a movie thread not a religion thread . I am officially done with this thread


37 posted on 01/04/2013 11:00:23 AM PST by Nifster
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To: sgtyork

Read the book. Then you will see the difference. I do not look to hollyweird or b’way to get ‘Christian’ treatments. All I want from a movie is some amusement and entertainment. Neither of which may I point out are offered by this particular work. I go to fewer and fewer movies. IF I want to see a movie I tend to watch older movies. On the whole I find most of what is available out there today is repugnant and I act accordingly


38 posted on 01/04/2013 11:04:01 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster
This has turned ridiculous. This thread started out as a movie thread not a religion thread . I am officially done with this thread

Well, you originally kicked off that slant by inferring that "to love another person is to see the face of God" is drivel, not at all Christian or Biblical in nature. Then you wrote me that my comment was not contextual, when that phrase is a direct quote from the translation of what Victor Hugo wrote. What are you trying to prove in filmography or theology?

39 posted on 01/04/2013 1:34:24 PM PST by imardmd1 (Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. Ps 66:16)
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