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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:

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:

Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The notorious torture scene, where Esmeralda is questioned in the "boot," is rather inaccurate. The prop used is an ornate golden boot that bears little resemblance to any historic torture devices. The type of boot referred to in the original novel would look much more like a simple vise that squeezed the bare foot between two iron plates, likely studded with teeth. See more »

Quotes

Esmeralda: [dying] Life is wonderful.
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Alternate Versions

The French-language introduction to the film shows Victor Hugo's original french-language preface to the novel, while in the dubbed-into-English version we never see this introduction. See more »

Connections

Version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1976) See more »

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Danza di Esmeralda
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Performed by Gina Lollobrigida
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Notre-Dame de Paris (1956)
13 December 2011 | by SnakesOnAnAfricanPlainSee 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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