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Ep 31 - Les Misérables: The Triumph of Mercy Over Vocal Trauma

Can the message of a work triumph over poor artistic execution and a lack of understanding of genre? Jim Bennett and Joseph Addington join us to discuss this less-than-successful film version of the classic musical, which is itself an adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic work. Jim tells us about the pull this musical has on the Utah theater community and Joseph shares his love of the novel's classic spiritual journey. In the end, we find a few things to love about the film version in spite of its much criticized live singing style.

Our Ratings: Content: Celestial Artistic Merit: 3 popcorn balls Gospel Connections: 5 apricots

Best Books:

Liz - Once Upon a Prime by Sarah Hart

Joseph - Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis

Jim - Shakespeare Was a Woman and Other Heresies by Elizabeth Winkler

Carl - A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik


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YouTube: Why the Music in Les Misérables (2012) is Worse than you Thought

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Church Talks that Include Les Mis: Be an Example of the Believers by Elder M Russell Ballard

Bring Him Home by Thomas S Monson

Bloggernacle Posts on Les Mis: AML: Mormon Culture and Les Miserables

Rational Faiths: Gospel Truth in Les Miserables, Pt.I-Fantine Rational Faiths: Gospel truths in Les Miserables Part II-Jean Exponent II: Family Home Evening, Les Miserables, and Teaching Ethics to the Kids

By Common Consent: A few words about Les Mis

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Carl - Twitter: @CarlCranney

Joseph - Twitter: @GeorgistJoseph; Progress and Poverty; Radical Civility: Georgism: What Is It And How Could It Help?

Jim - Inside Out with Jim Bennett and Ian Wilks; Twitter: @StallionCornell

Video editing by Liz Busby; Audio mastering by Carl Cranney

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