Notre Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) (1956)





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Better known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, this opulent French production is the second talkie version of Victor Hugo's famous novel. Buried under mounds of latex, Anthony Quinn does his best as the deformed bellringer Quasimodo, though he comes off more as a punchdrunk ex-pug than a literal interpretation of Hugo's tragic protagonist. Somewhat more effective within the film's framework is Gina Lollobrigida as gypsy dancing girl Esmerelda, whose friendship with Quasimodo motivates the story. As in previous adaptations of the Hugo novel, the villain Frolio (Alain Cluny), originally a priest, is given a less-controversial station in life: in this case, he is an alchemist rather than a man of the cloth. Otherwise, Notre Dame de Paris is one of the more faithful renditions of the original novel, even unto retaining Hugo's unhappy ending. When first released in the U.S. by Allied Artists, the film was titled Hunchback of Paris, to avoid a copyright conflict with RKO's 1939 adaptation of Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Horror
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Anthony Quinn
as Quasimodo
Gina Lollobrigida
as Esmeralda
Jean Danet
as Capt. Phoebus
Robert Hirsch
as Pierre Gringoire
Dr. Robert Hirsch
as Gringoire
Alain Cuny
as Claude Frollo
Maurice Sarfati
as Jehan Frollo
Philippe Clay
as Clopin Trouillefou
Danielle Dumont
as Fleur de Lys
Jean Tissier
as Louis XI
Valentine Tessier
as Aloyse de Gondelaurier
Jacques Hilling
as Charmolue
Jacques Dufilho
as Guillaume Rousseau
Roger Blin
as Mathias Hungadi
Marianne Oswald
as La Falourdel
Pierre Pieral
as The Dwarf
Camille Guerini
as The President
as Beggar Woman
Robert Lombard
as Coppenole
Albert Remy
as Jupiter
Hubert de Lapparent
as Haraucourt
Boris Vian
as The Cardinal
Paul Bonifas
as Maitre Lecomu
Madeleine Barbulée
as Mme. Lecornu
Albert Michel Jr.
as Night Watchman
Daniel Emilfork
as Andry Le Rouse
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a very hard film to make. Mostly due to the darkness and despair of the original work. If you've only grown up with the Disney version, prepare to be shocked. I truly liked this effort, as it got a lot of the complexities of each character down. Frollo is a man of religion but also science. His faith and logical mind battling it out as he experiences lust. Esmerelda is a victim of her own beauty, but also plays a hand in her own downfall. She doesn't understand her power over men which leads to her angering of the males. Quasimodo is portrayed as not so much an outcast here. He is known by all, but is awkward and unaware of his strength. This is a film where everyone is guilty for their actions, which also makes them all sympathetic. The design of the film is often too much. WIth so many colors and such production put in it comes across as an over the top school production. Less can be more, but with the final heart wrenching scene, you'll probably be left as an emotional wreck.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

a faithful (or so I hear ) adaptation of the book. this is both a strength and a weakness. it makes it harder to identify with a lot of the characters who are complete assholes (such as the beggers) but the story overall tugs at my heartstrings because of Quasimotto who is played very well. I recomend this movie if you like the book and don't mind dubing or subtitles

Mitchell Glass
Mitchell Glass

A truley beautiful movie. The fans of both book and disney adaptaions would enjoy it. It is very flowing and entertaining staying true to most of Hugos original charm and darkness. But for the true feeling of the story, watch the orginal french version(in which it was filmed) with subtitles.

Lexi J
Lexi J

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