A gypsy girl with her foster-mother arrive in the French Capital where her beauty attracts the attention of the Apaches, and she becomes a member of their band. Her beauty attracts Claude ... See full summary »







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A gypsy girl with her foster-mother arrive in the French Capital where her beauty attracts the attention of the Apaches, and she becomes a member of their band. Her beauty attracts Claude Frallo, a scientist of note. She repulses him, as she has already fallen in love with Captain Phoebus. During a visit of the gypsy girl in the apartment of the handsome captain, Frallo kills the captain and makes his escape. Upon the arrival of the Gendarmes, Esmaralda is placed under arrest charged with the murder. Esmaralda is subjected to torture to make her confess, but is defiant, knowing that she is innocent. The bell ringer of the cathedral, Quasimodo, who secretly worships the Gypsy girl, becomes her protector. When Frallo visits the prisoner the bell ringer interferes. There is a struggle and the former is hurled from a parapet and killed. Again the girl appears before the tribunal. Put on the rack, she admits the murder of the captain. Just as Esmaralda is to be guillotined, the bell ringer... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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22 January 1917 (USA)  »

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Bound to suit the admirers of Theda Bara
2 February 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

In preparing this five-reel screen version or Victor Hugo's romance of medieval Paris. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," which the Fox Film Corporation has produced under the title of "The Darling of Paris," an attempt has been made to avoid arousing any religious feeling against the picture by changing the priest, whose passion for Esmaralda brings on the tragedy, to a man of science. Another radical departure from the original is to transform the misshapen dwarf Quasimodo to a handsome young chap of powerful physique who wins the gypsy girl at the final scene. The wisdom of these changes is without question, if the commercial returns from the picture are to decide the matter. Such an arrangement is bound to suit the admirers of Theda Bara, who plays the heroine, however much it detracts from the strength of the story. To anyone not familiar with the Hugo romance, the Fox screen version presents a well put together photoplay, rich in picturesque incident, strong character drawing, authentic reproduction of an age long past, dramatic situations in abundance and a climax of thrilling worth. To this array of meritorious features must be added the excellent performance of Esmaralda given by Miss Bara, and the fine support of the rest of the cast. It is doubtful if the star has ever done anything better than her acting in this picture. She looks the character, and retains something of the untamed spirit and warmth of passion which must have belonged to a gypsy girl of the Middle Ages. Walter Law as Claude Frallo, Glen White as Quasimodo and Herbert Hayes as Captain Phoebus, are the more important male members of the cast and are well equipped for their tasks. Carey Lee, Alice Gale, John Webb Dillon and Louis Dean also deserve pleasant mention. The production is pretentious and impressive. J. Gordon Edwards, the director, has handled his material of every description with authority, and the average follower of the screen will find "The Darling of Paris" very much to his taste. – The Moving Picture World, February 10, 1917

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