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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
Piéral Piéral ... The Dwarf (as Pieral)
Roland Bailly Roland Bailly ... The Hangman
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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:

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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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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Alternate Versions

The French-language credits for this film say that it was shot in Eastmancolor; the English-language prints say that it was made in Technicolor. See more »

Connections

Version of Esmeralda (1922) See more »

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Danza di Esmeralda
(uncredited)
Performed by Gina Lollobrigida
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Evil Destiny
25 December 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1482, in the Feast of Fools in Paris, the deformed bell ringer Quasimodo (Anthony Quinn) is elected the King of Fools. After the party, the evil alchemist Master Claude Frollo (Alain Cuny), who has a repressed lust for the kind gypsy dancer Esmeralda (Gina Lollobrigida), orders his servant Quasimodo to abduct the beautiful youngster. However, she is rescued by Captain Phoebus (Jean Danet) and Quasimodo is sentenced to be whipped in the square of Notre Dame and Esmeralda gives water to him. Later Esmeralda goes with Captain Phoebus to a room in an inn to spend a night of love together. However, Frollo is stalking her and uses her stiletto to stab Phoebus on his back, and Esmeralda takes the blame and is sentenced to be hanged. But Quasimodo brings Esmeralda to the sanctuary of Notre Dame and expresses his love for the gypsy.

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is one of the cruelest romances of the literature and cinema history in a dark age in French history. In this version of this sad tale of injustice, Anthony Quinn is awesome with a memorable performance and Gina Lollobrigida is perfect in the role of the seductive gypsy. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Corcunda de Notre Dame" ("The Hunchback of Notre Dame")


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