Taking Victor Hugo's novel, Les Misérables, and transforming it first into a play and then into a movie is like selecting from among the finest of crown jewels and crafting them into a beautiful brooch. Having seen the stage play many years ago and having read the book many, many years ago, I found the movie eminently satisfying, indeed beautifully done.
I had misgivings. They had, I thought, studded it with Hollywood stars just to draw the audiences. Nevertheless, it is very well cast. It was some time before I recognized Hugh Jackman since his first appearance was as the imprisoned Jean Valjean with grubby face and closely-cropped hair. It was not until he emerged as the respectable Mayor and beneficent factory owner that he was easily recognizable. Valjean's crimes had been the stealing of a loaf of bread and the subsequent breaking of his parole for which he is relentlessly pursued by the dogged Inspector Javert, played by Russell Crowe.
This interview airs beginning December 5.
Spending time with Dan Finnegan gave us the opportunity to talk about his work as a potter and learn about the creation of one of the largest art centers in this area, the LibertyTown Arts Workshop. Debby Klein talks with Dan about the diverse artists whose studios occupy LibertyTown and the many opportunities available to all who visit there on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production. This interview was recorded in 2008.
Works by Nancie Harris will be on display in the Headquarters Library Atrium Gallery through November.
Watercolors by "Joan's Awesome Students" were on display in the Headquarters Library Atrium Gallery during October.
This interview airs beginning September 19.
Award winning storyteller Willy Claflin delighted audiences here and abroad with humorous tales and song. Willy and friend Maynard Moose delivered a sampling of the performances that garnered raves when he originally appeared at the library and on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production, with host Debby Klein.
This interview airs beginning August 29.
Anthony Campbell, with his lovely voice and personality continues to delight audiences wherever and whenever he performs. In this CRRL Presents interview, we learned about his music, his Today show win, and his plans and dreams for a future which he now enjoys.
We had a great turnout at Headquarters Library for the opening reception of Uniquely Fredericksburg 2012 on Friday, August 3. Be sure to stop by before the end of September to see the show.
Get a glimpse with these award-winning works, or see these works on Flickr.
See the list of winners below.
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Lauren Smith - Walk on Caroline Street
In June, the Atrium Gallery features works by the Figure Drawing Group of Fredericksburg.
This interview airs beginning May 9.
Bob Gramann has many interests, but music, both writing and performing, is certainly at the forefront. Share his love for music and learn about the art of guitar building when he meets with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents.
This interview airs beginning April 25.
We visit Cliff Satterthwaite in his studio to learn about the man, his work, and his interpretation of life. He delights us with his painting and his personality. Join host Debby Klein on CRRL Presents.