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
it remains a delight. for performance of Quinn and Lollobrigida. for respect for novel. for delicate nuances of adaptation. and, sure, for the virtue to be French. because the tradition of cinema is basic seduction instrument in this case. and that makes difference between it and Hollywood productions of period. at first sigh, interesting is use of public expectations.Anthony Quinn from La Strada does , in new nuances, same kind of role. but sparkles are different and its character is end for Zampano image. beautiful Lollobrigida gives the show of Esmeralda in her personal manner. but, in this case, too, the character is more than a poster. her Esmeralda breathes, loves and fights. she is voluptuous and innocent. and , in this manner, the film remains touching. story is realistic. the work remains fresh. and seductive.
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