The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
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as Madame de Gondelaurier
as Louis XI
as Dom Claude
as Monsieur Neufchatel
as Fleur de Lys
as Monsieur Le Torteru
as King's Chamberlain
as Charmolou's Assistant
as Judge of Court
Critic Reviews for The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Worth seeing mainly for Chaney's remarkable performance; even bowed and constricted by the heavy weights he used to help simulate Quasimodo's crippled gait, his body remains extraordinarily expressive.
The self-torture demanded by Chaney's makeup is impressive, as are the scales of the sets and the crowd scenes, but nothing comes to life under the flat direction of Wallace Worsley.
The fourth and most spectacular silent version of Victor Hugo's classic story Notre-Dame de Paris made Lon Chaney a major star.
It's for [Chaney's] inimitable genius alone that this sprawling saga is now most fondly remembered.
It's a total physical transformation that's often stunning to behold, selling effective make-up effects and behavior extremes with real gusto.
Audience Reviews for The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo takes it upon himself to protect the beautiful and kindhearted gypsy girl Esmeralda when she is falsely accused of murder. The silent version with Lon Chaney is understandably overshadowed by the magnificent talkie with Charles Laughton, but this one is fast-paced and spectacular by silent film standards, packing quite a bit of Victor Hugo's novel into about two hours.
Worth seeing for Lon Chaney's performance and the grand 15th century Paris settings.
To be honest I was expecting to like this a lot more than I did. I'm especially disappointed that adaptation decay existed even in the very early pictures, and I wasn't really able to get over how sanitised elements of it were from the novel.
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