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Written by MIchal
(12/31/2012 4:34 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think you are pretty much spot on... and more (spoilers), penned by Allison OM
If I recall correctly from an intro college lit class (I don't like Hugo so that's about the extent of my Hugo knowledge) - Hugo was actually in the street during the June Rebellion (I think that's what that particular rebellion was called, but 19th C French history isn't my strong suit either). Anyway, it was small and petered right out but we are still talking about several thousand people. Of course, facing tens of thousands of French troops brought in to quell the thing. Hugo apparently was shaken by the experience even though he was observer not participant.
I haven't seen the film, and I've never seen the musical all the way through (like I said, not a Hugo fan), but I agree, the barricade scene would definitely look a bit silly on film without a decent sized group on the barricades. On stage, you can afford to be symbolic and use a token few, but on film I do think you need to get a sense of scale and a dozen people wouldn't cut it.
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