King Louis XI is a wise and old king and Frollo is the Chief Justice. Frollo gazes on the gypsy girl, Esmeralda, in the church during Fool's Day and sends Quasimodo to catch her. Quasimodo, with the girl, is captured by Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, who frees the girl. The courts sentence Quasimodo to be flogged, and the only one who will give him water while he is tied in the square is Esmeralda. Later, at a party of nobles, Esmeralda again meets both Frollo, who is bewitched by her, and Phoebus. When Phoebus is stabbed to death, Esmeralda is accused of the murder, convicted by the court and sentenced to hang. Clopin, King of the Beggars; Gringoire, Esmeralda's husband; and Quasimodo, the bellringer, all try different ways to save her from the gallows.Written by
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To convincingly play a character deafened by the ringing of the cathedral bells, Charles Laughton had his ears plugged with wax so he couldn't react to any unexpected sounds. See more »
Esmeralda is tortured in a class of iron vise called the boot, or "brodequins," that is tightened around her foot by screws to crush bones. Actually, Victor Hugo's text notwithstanding, this type of boot did not exist in the 15th century. The boot was conducted by binding a close arrangement of carefully shaped wooden boards around the naked foot and calf of the victim, after which thin, sharp wooden wedges were slowly hammered into the boot, increasing the pressure until the foot bones shattered. See more »
The press should be destroyed and the printer hanged for blasphemy.
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I remember `Super Channel' showed this regularly about 10 years ago. The opening 1/2 hour is superb, with several outstanding scenes and very haunting music.The cast is brilliant, not only do you get Laughton but also Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke and Edmon O'Brien. And Thomas Mitchell is the man! All in all a most satisfying film: 8.5 out of 10
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