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The Beauty and Anguish of Les Misérables! (feat. Lindsay Ellis) | It's Lit! | PBS Digital Studios

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Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is one of history’s most famous novels and one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history. On this special episode of It’s Lit! we explore how Les Miserable became both a national and revolutionary anthem, and so publicly adored that all 1,900 pages never went out of print.
Be sure to tune into the new Les Misérables adaptation on Masterpiece on PBS. The six episode miniseries continues Sundays at 9/8 central on PBS. You can stream it on PBS.org, PBS Video app on your Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast.
Written by Princess Weekes & Lindsay Ellis
Directed by David Schulte
Animation by Jordan Husmann
Fact Checked: by Yvonne McGreevy
Produced by Stephanie Noone
Executive Producer: Adam Dylewski

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  • Pseudonyme F

    Pseudonyme F

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  • glittery_cucumber


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    This really makes me want to read the book for some strange reason.

  • T J

    T J

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  • Perineum


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    Does It's Lit! not have it's own channel?

  • ki4clz


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    Can you do Crime and Punishment next...?

  • SpllIt


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    Ничего не понял. Слишком сложно

  • the validity channel

    the validity channel

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    I need a new episode

  • Yorda Lyn

    Yorda Lyn

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    For the definitive version check Robert Hossein's with Lino Ventura.

  • Susan S

    Susan S

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    You should put these new Its Lit pieces on the pbs channel's playlist for them.

  • Dynamite TNT

    Dynamite TNT

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    Sponsored by Ski... Oh wait, wrong channel

  • McBobbish


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    Hugo actually witnessed the June rebellion, oddly enough.

  • Joshua Fetter

    Joshua Fetter

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    I have to say that I do miss the fully animated video format of the first It's Lit videos.

  • Alfa Blogs

    Alfa Blogs

    5 महीने पहले

    Google bought PBS or PBS bought Google?

  • Gio


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    Happy to see Lindsay. This video is boring.

  • Dantastic Guy

    Dantastic Guy

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    I was hoping that you were going to critique the movie musical, but thank you for your video!! I love this scene in les mis with samantha barks...... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EOla4fbRFM&t=115s W it evoked a lot of emotion in me and in my mind was well done. have a shot of wisers with a beer chaser and let me know what you think ;) Thank you!

  • Résident du Valhalla

    Résident du Valhalla

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    It's awesome for a french (like me) to hear your voice say french word !

  • Plump Biscuit Productions

    Plump Biscuit Productions

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    Lindsay, you are as excellent as always! To the sound editor, please nix the sound effects. They are overwhelmingly painful

  • Sloppy Joe

    Sloppy Joe

    6 महीने पहले

    This is Diet Breadtube right?

    • Mathieu Leader

      Mathieu Leader

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  • Cathan Connolly

    Cathan Connolly

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    How come America is only getting the new Les Mis now (or in April)? It was on the BBC in January and I've rewatched it twice on iPlayer since then. I thought it was a joint effort of BBC and masterpiece so how come we got it first? It's great whatever the case and you should all watch it.

  • Sophia Walsh Long

    Sophia Walsh Long

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    Hey, I have that exact pretty edition of the book! (Or as we fans affectionately call it, the Brick)

  • Marc Macaluso

    Marc Macaluso

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    *_Good grief_* 1985 was an awesome year

  • Rene P

    Rene P

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  • floramew


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    I think I learned that les mis was about the June rebellion way back in 2012 and the film came out, and you (& friends, iirc,) talked about it. I'd read the book at that point -- though, yes, I'd entirely skipped the Waterloo chapters except the last few pages where I saw the name thenardier I think and went back a few pages to see what that was about, lmao -- but yeah, I think you talking about that was probably the start of me diving deeper into historical/ political/ social context of pieces I read. It's heartwarming to hear about this same topic again, with new insights, and new adaptations.

  • Diego Alvarenga

    Diego Alvarenga

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    You did it. Got paid to do a job doing something you love. Congratulations.

  • unstoppableExodia


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    Less miserables = more miserables

  • GreatgoatonFire


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    Sooo. . . Victor Hugo doesn't have a mana cost. I guess that means he is a land, a mountain judging by the color. I can't design if that is supposed to be a complement or a dunk.

  • Zak Sommerfield

    Zak Sommerfield

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    Woah Lindsay leveled up

  • R Nickerson

    R Nickerson

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    I was going to say "why another adaptation so soon?" and then I realized it's already been 7 years since the movie.

    But still... can we stop remaking and rebooting things and try new stuff? We don't NEED 60+ adaptations of this book...

  • R Nickerson

    R Nickerson

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    1. You can't say you've read a book if you've only skimmed large sections of it. In that case, you have merely *tried* to read a book.
    2. Why skip the Waterloo parts anyway?
    3. The most perfect musical of all time? That's laughable. (particularly because they decided to show an example from the movie rather than the stage)

  • R Nickerson

    R Nickerson

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    Hey, Lindsay... can you please upload to your own channel again? It's been 3 months...

  • Sofia Orellana

    Sofia Orellana

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    Do war and peace!!!!! pleaaaaase

  • Lord Farquaad

    Lord Farquaad

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    Fun drinking game. Take a shot every time someone in the comments says they read the Waterloo chapters

  • Atakan Tekin

    Atakan Tekin

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    Jokes on you ı didnt EVEN read ONE sentence from Les Miserables

  • Rick Drew

    Rick Drew

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    Interesting - and yet transparently a commercial (before the promotion at the end) for the recent BBC TV miniseries of Les Misérables by exclusively using images of the actors from it. A little disappointing to see what should be an informative doc being used to shill for the PBS channel.

    • Joe M.

      Joe M.

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      Agreed; a shallow analysis with factual errors masking a 9 minute ad.

  • AnotherJenn42


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    I read the unabridged Les Miserables after I saw the musical in high school. Did not skim over the Waterloo chapters, thank you. In fact, over 25 years later, the impact was so great the imagery remains. I never checked it for historical accuracy, but wow. Very worth a read.

  • Carla MSM

    Carla MSM

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    The animation in this series is always remarkable.

  • Kyuseishun Iesu

    Kyuseishun Iesu

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    Fucking love the mtg cards

  • Jerome Alday

    Jerome Alday

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    What are you doing here Lindsay. The last upload was months ago 😭😭

  • Robinisademon


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    I love how for all the characters they took pictures of the BBC series, but then when it comes to Enjolras they're like "..... nope we need Aaron Tveit."

  • machinaeZER0


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    Great video, Linds! And I like your France dress. :) hope you can put more stuff out soon!

  • Thisold Hatte

    Thisold Hatte

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    so Le Mis is basically LiberalInadequacy.txt

  • Yiffox


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    have to say wealth disparity is a stupid thing. Pareto principle economic law...20% of people produce 80%. always has been, always will be. redistribute, will end up same.

  • Laura Hansen

    Laura Hansen

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    Love the masterpiece series so much!!!

  • ytn999


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    where did the mtg refrance came from

  • Craig Demel

    Craig Demel

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    I HAVE THE SAME YELLOWED CRAPPY PAPERBACK COPY! And I tried really hard to read the Waterloo chapters, but was pretty much skimming by the end.

  • Wats06071


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    I didn't skip "Waterloo". On contrary, I thought it was one of the most beautifully written sections of the novel and sparked a massive interest in me about the small details of the battle. I did skip the convent part though:)

  • PogieJoe


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    This series is the best. I can't wait for Lindsey to come back on her own channel, but this was a nice one to tide me over.

  • huw Williams

    huw Williams

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    1:41 Magic the gathering Easter egg lol.

  • rainingsunshine


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    god the very thing i adore about les mis is how hopeful it all is

    (also? screamed when aaron tveit popped on screen)

  • Jaqen H'Ghar

    Jaqen H'Ghar

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    OMG!! I can't say how I love that Les Miserable my all time favorite thing is also combined with Lindsay and Magic some of my other favs!

  • StarlightPrism


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    When you started talking about supporting revolution but not being fully committed I thought you were gonna go into a rant about Rent, lol.

  • Gina O

    Gina O

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    Lindsay & Les Mis - together at last

  • Mathieu Leader

    Mathieu Leader

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    HOW timely is this video

  • Mathieu Leader

    Mathieu Leader

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    the wombles also come from the Channel Islands

  • Jack Horowitz

    Jack Horowitz

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    Yay! I love Lindsay Ellis! So glad I discovered this series!

  • Incalescent


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    Why didn't we have this in class? I'd listened to the musical pretty extensively, would have read the book then (and later did, and yes, I skipped chapters and then bought the abridged version) and would have enjoyed this and engaged in this topic in school. There's so much that's interesting here.

  • Abram Thiessen

    Abram Thiessen

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    I read the whole thing. In translation that is.
    It took me 15 months from starting it to finishing it.

  • Sophovot


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    the ending theme reminds me of a cruel angel's thesis

  • B F

    B F

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    That was awesome, thanks Lindsay!

  • The forgotten

    The forgotten

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    I almost read fully the Waterloo, only skipped the last few pages because it was too much. That's why it took me almost a Year to finnish it (the convent part was Hell tho.)

  • Sam Hall

    Sam Hall

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    It's interesting how often people with famously radical views will change their allegiances. Hugo went from Catholic royalist to Republican and anti-establishment, Oswald Mosley went from Conservative to Labour to Fascist (all three have opposing views), Mussolini went from Communist to Fascist, and a number of renowned Conservative politicians in France such as de Gaulle and Chirac swung between positions throughout their political life. I find this so strange because I've pretty much stayed in the centre to centre-left position my whole life, changed my views on aspects of a system or policies here and there, but about the most radical change I've ever made was having a fairly negative perspective of Islam, Christianity and Judaism to a more understanding one. The idea that someone could have a series of viewpoints then completely reject them one day in favour of entirely opposing viewpoints is baffling to me. I mean, how do you go from supporting equality one day to white supremacy the next? What is the process for this change? I find it especially strange when career politicians do this because they are supposed to be educated on these matters. With Hugo I can understand I suppose, but the others I am struggling with.

    • Sam Hall

      Sam Hall

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      @TheFiresloth Thankyou for the info. I'd like to read up on French politics more in future

    • TheFiresloth


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      Chirac is an interesting case. All his life, he struggled for power, a classic politishark. And for that, he professed the opinions that would advance him the most, ie center-right, the "common" view of France of the time. But when he finally came to power, he slowly realized he was actually left on most social issues. His speech of departure is almost 100% centered on this.

    • Graham Clark

      Graham Clark

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      Don't kid yourself, all it takes for most centrists to switch to a particular radical faction is for that faction to win: books.google.com/books?id=bW_XAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA93

  • Vincent Bullock

    Vincent Bullock

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    No one has ever agreed with me on this but I think the musical is Starship Troopers levels of taking a shit on the original text. Les Miserables is probably among my favourite books and every adaptation I've seen is so different from the original I can only assume that most teams didn't read the book before they started adapting it.

  • Konstantin Tupikov

    Konstantin Tupikov

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    Thanks for the tip, it's been a while since I've seen a nice Hugo adaptation that's not a freaking musical

  • Frank Soukey

    Frank Soukey

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    Am I the only one who got a huge kick out of the MtG cards?

  • Strawberry Cupcake

    Strawberry Cupcake

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    Lindsay Ellis? Sign me up. This will be great.

  • KL _144

    KL _144

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    We're going to appreciate that everyone but Aaron Tveit's Enjolras was the only musical character featured

    • KL _144

      KL _144

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      @Lisztian all the characters will be more accurate that bbc

  • ShockedLogic


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    Man, I could listen to Lindsay talk about depressing french novels all day! Maybe some Voltaire and an analysis of Candide?

  • Devon


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    I'm almost done with the book and, because I've seen the play, am kind of scared to...

  • Samantha Davidson

    Samantha Davidson

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    Lindsay Ellis, the People's PBS Correspondent.

  • Coffee Pasta

    Coffee Pasta

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    i read the waterloo chapters :3