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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956)

Notre-Dame de Paris (original title)
The timeless tale of the seductive gypsy Esmeralda and the tortured hunchback Quasimodo.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
The Hangman


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 »





Release Date:

3 November 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anthony Quinn was not dubbed in the french version either, a very uncommon practice for foreign actors at that time. See more »


Esmeralda: [dying] Life is wonderful.
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Version of Kampanerang kuba (1974) See more »


Danza di Esmeralda
Performed by Gina Lollobrigida
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Notre-Dame de Paris (1956)
13 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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.

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