Looooooong ago, playing with the idea of Enjolras and Montparnasse as visual contrasts - Enjolras in a revolutionary reverie, and Montparnasse experiencing coat envy.
YOU DEAR GLORIOUS NONNY. THANK YOU FOR ASKING.
I don’t think it’s a 1:1 equivalence— most members of P-M aren’t given enough character to be much of anything. But still think it scans SOMEWHAT, and part of that is because
I don’t think Montparnasse aligns with Enjolras at all.
FANDOM BLASPHEMY I KNOW, but wait! hear me out!
Very interesting and nuanced answer, and I pretty much agree with you. Years ago I played with the idea of Montparnasse and Enjolras as foils for no greater reason than that it was fun to visually experiment with them as physical foils - dark/light etc…not because I thought Hugo was deliberately paralleling them. Take, for example, their physical appearance - both are young and attractive, but in very different ways. For example, Enjolras has a page-boy figure (i.e. slender, slight and straight), whereas Montparnasse has, either through nature or by taking advantage of styling methods, adopted the fashion-plate definition of current fashion - the broader chest, nipped in waist and wider hips.
why base your enjolras off of aaron tveit when you can base him off of jean-luc boutté??
The big “stage” set up at the end of “Les Miserables: From Page to Stage" - set up as the Musain. Extracts from the 25 anniversary concert play on the screen…there’s a simulatd orchestra pit in front (elsewhere they have a "costume room" with props - I loved the drawer labelled spare gun bits) and Cosette’s dressing room. Also rather cute that they have cut-outs for photographs as Eponine and Gavroche in front.
Rue Plumet “set” at Les Miserables: From Page to Stage (complete with Cosette modelling what seems to be a bit of a Directoire/Empire throwback outfit). It’s set up to take photographs in costumes, thus the benches for you to sit on.
Factory worker, Jean-Jean the Sexy Con and Cosette in the background, Les Miserables: From Page to Stage exhibition.
Didn’t get that message. I’m afraid I don’t have many more pictures other than those I’ve posted - just more of my S-i-L and I goofing around in costumes. Photography was only permitted in the final section of the exhibition - the stage sets/costumes - so I don’t have any photos of the MS, Hugo’s paintings, the first editions, his quills etc…Some are illustrated in the catalogue. I’ll post the couple of photos of the sets I do have.