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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.

Director:

Jean Delannoy

Writers:

Victor Hugo (novel), Jean Aurenche (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina Lollobrigida ... Esmeralda
Anthony Quinn ... Quasimodo
Jean Danet Jean Danet ... Phoebus de Chateaupers
Alain Cuny ... Claude Frollo
Valentine Tessier Valentine Tessier ... Aloyse de Gondelaurier
Danielle Dumont Danielle Dumont ... Fleur de Lys
Jean Tissier Jean Tissier ... Louis XI
Maurice Sarfati Maurice Sarfati ... Jehan Frollo
Jacques Hilling Jacques Hilling ... Maitre Charmolue
Jacques Dufilho Jacques Dufilho ... Guillaume Rousseau
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... Mathias Hungadi
Marianne Oswald Marianne Oswald ... La Falourdel
Damia Damia ... The Beggar
Roland Bailly Roland Bailly ... The Hangman
Robert Lombard Robert Lombard ... Jacques Coppenole
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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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Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hunchback of Paris See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,905,000, 31 December 1956
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene of Quasimodo's coronation was shot twice for each version of the film. For the original French-language version, he is crowned 'Pope of Fools', as in the novel, and wears a mock Papal tiara. For the English-language version, he is crowned 'King of Fools', and wears a royal crown. This was because the American Hays Code forbade mocking of the clergy. See more »

Quotes

Esmeralda: [dying] Life is wonderful.
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Connections

Version of The Darling of Paris (1917) See more »

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Danza di Esmeralda
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Performed by Gina Lollobrigida
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Read the book.
26 May 2012 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

This is a movie that has all the trappings of an epic, but isn't. But it is still a credible rendition of the Victor Hugo classic, with Gina Lollobrigida giving a strong performance as Esmeralda. The weak part of the movie is Anthony Quinn's performance as Quasimodo. Mr. Quinn's portrayal is not believable. Quasimodo is supposed to generate feelings of pathos; that does not happen in this movie. As a result, the plot becomes flat. The intensity of the relationship between Quasimodo and Esmeralda is lacking. Between Mr. Quinn's mumbling of his lines, and the treatment of the poet Gringoire as a buffoon, the movie teeters on the brink of cinematic collapse. Yet, it is saved by staying faithful to the original story and by good performances by some of the supporting cast, as well as by the essential power of the original story. The story of the hunchback and the gypsy girl is classic; read the book.


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