Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Les Miserables’

“Les Miserables,” the feature film adaptation of the iconic Broadway musical starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, is the next featured film in the Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series. It will be screened on Saturday and Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor for Jackman and Best Supporting Actress for Hathaway, “Les Miserables” is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and still breaking box-office records in its 28th year. Directed by “The King’s Speech’s” Academy Award-winning director, Tom Hooper, the film also stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale, with international superstars and beloved songs, including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own,” “Les Miserables” tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, their lives change forever.

Film Critic Richard Roeper calls the film “an unforgettable movie-going experience.”

Joy Tipping, in the Dallas Morning News, calls it “one of the most emotionally devastating and gratifying movies I’ve ever seen.”

Kenneth Turan, in the Los Angeles Times, says the film “delivers an emotional wallop. You can walk into the theater as an agnostic, but you may just leave singing with the choir.”

Lou Lumenick, in the New York Post, says “it’s worth seeing the movie for Hathaway alone.”

Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements, “Les Miserables” runs 158 minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org.

For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The Series continues with “Hyde Park on the Hudson,” starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney, on March 16 & 19; and “Silver Linings Playbook,” nominated for eight Academy Awards and starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, on March 23 & 26.

Chautauqua County’s only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.