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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956)
"Notre-Dame de Paris" (original title)

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The timeless tale of the seductive gypsy Esmeralda and the tortured hunchback Quasimodo.

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Jean Danet ...
Alain Cuny ...
Robert Hirsch ...
Danielle Dumont ...
Philippe Clay ...
Maurice Sarfati ...
Jean Tissier ...
Valentine Tessier ...
Aloyse de Gondelaurier
Jacques Hilling ...
Maitre Charmolue
Jacques Dufilho ...
Guillaume Rousseau
Roger Blin ...
Mathias Hungadi
Marianne Oswald ...
La Falourdel
Roland Bailly ...
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Storyline

Paris, 1482. Today is the festival of the fools, taking place like each year in the square outside Cathedral Notre Dame. Among jugglers and other entertainers, Esmeralda, a sensuous gypsy, performs a bewitching dance in front of delighted spectators. From up in a tower of the cathedral, Frollo, an alchemist, gazes at her lustfully. Later in the night, Frollo orders Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer and his faithful servant, to kidnap Esmeralda. But when the ugly freak comes close to her is touched by the young woman's beauty... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Rated PG for violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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3 November 1957 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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The original French-language version contains two scenes cut from the English-language version. In the first, after the stabbing of Phoebus, we see Pierre Gringoire, surrounded by his friends from the Cour des Miracles, worrying about Esméralda's disappearance. In the second, after Esméralda's rescue, we see Claude, back at the scene of the crime at La Falourdel's, breaking down on the floor, and talking about guilt and the state of his soul. This then leads into his return to the cathedral. See more »

Quotes

Esmeralda: [dying] Life is wonderful.
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Danza di Esmeralda
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Performed by Gina Lollobrigida
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A sumptuous, faithful screen version of a masterpiece
11 January 2006 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

No matter if critics seem to prefer the 1939 version of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, I thoroughly enjoy this one. Anthony Quinn avoids taking the Laughton path and doing Quasimodo as a monster; his is a painfully realistic performance. Gina Lollobrigida is ever so beautiful as Esmeralda. Her gypsy is a young woman who is "a queen", as her fellow Court of Miracle friends know very well. She is sensual and yet decent and pure in her actions, even as she gives herself to Phoebus. The great cast includes several legendary French actors (Valentine Tessier, Alain Cuny, Madeleine Barbulee, among others). The final scenes are indeed touching, especially in the Italian version, in which Lollobrigida speaks in her native language. A must see.


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