Les Mis in pictures: ABC Café/The People’s Song

As we’re watching the Revolution of 1832 being carefully orchestrated by Enjolras and the other students in the ABC Café scene, we cannot help but feel an impending sense of doom. We know that these driven, idealistic young men are planning, in essence, their own death. Grantaire, then, becomes the embodiment of the saying, “A little humor goes a long way.”  When depicted as the sarcastic drunkard who just hangs about, Grantaire’s character is a little difficult to justify. As the observant quasi-drunk with the hilarious facial expressions, however, Ricky readily became the audience’s darling.

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At the ABC Cafe, students are busy planning their Revolutionary strategies
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Enjolras barks some last minute instructions..

 

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Grantaire won’t have any of it. He mocks Enjolras behind his back, finding a superb side-kick in Lesgles
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“That guy,” his body language is saying, “is so focused…”
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“…he can only see the very narrow path he’s walking on…”
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…and he doesn’t put his beloved flask down for one second…
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…and in walks his next victim, Marius. He’s late because he’s met “the love of his life.”
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Grantaire doesn’t miss a beat, and starts to mock Marius relentlessly.
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He makes fun of Marius feeling amorous right at this particular moment….
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…while Enjolras is planning a governamental overthrow.
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The contrast is so big and so unbelievable between the two, that it’s better than an opera.
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He retires into his corner to observe who else he can easily joke about.
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So when Enjolras jumps up on the table to inspire his fellow revolutionaries about “Red” (duty and suffering for a cause,) and Marius recounts with the Black (of his despair because he’s not with the girl), he sees an opportunity…
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As the rest of the students watches in anticipation…

 

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“I’m gonna cry now…”
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“No, really!”
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“Wait, I got it!”
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“There it is….”

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…and continues to make fun of him….
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…and raises his arm up when the “Black” is song to highlight his adolescent angst.
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Enjolras sets everyone straight
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…and unites them all in a continuing Red & Black song
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they’re ready to fight now…
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Even Grantaire joins in…
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The sudden arrival of Gavroche announcing the death of General Lamarque…
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…kills the mood a little…
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But a true leader inspires in any situation…
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…and joined by the people, they give a rousing rendition of “Do you hear the people sing”

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