This film image released by Universal Pictures shows actress Anne Hathaway portraying Fantine, a struggling, sickly mother forced into prostitution in 1800s Paris, in a scene from the screen adaptation of "Les Miserables."
Hugh Jackman, from left, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, director Tom Hooper and Russell Crowe walk down the red carpet at the premier of "Les Miserables" in Sydney, Australia, Friday.
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"I've always had an epic filmmaker within me clamoring to get out," explains British director Tom Hooper. That much becomes clear in Hooper's new film, "Les Miserables." From the musical based on Victor Hugo's novel, the film is an enormous, star-studded affair overlaid on a French revolution canvas yet painted with a naturalistic brush.