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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Better known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, this opulent French production is the second talkie version of Victor Hugo's famous novel. Buried under mounds of latex, Anthony Quinn does his best as the deformed bellringer Quasimodo, though he comes off more as a punchdrunk ex-pug than a literal interpretation of Hugo's tragic protagonist. Somewhat more effective within the film's framework is Gina Lollobrigida as gypsy dancing girl Esmerelda, whose friendship with Quasimodo motivates the story. As in previous ...
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Overview

Better known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, this opulent French production is the second talkie version of Victor Hugo's famous novel. Buried under mounds of latex, Anthony Quinn does his best as the deformed bellringer Quasimodo, though he comes off more as a punchdrunk ex-pug than a literal interpretation of Hugo's tragic protagonist. Somewhat more effective within the film's framework is Gina Lollobrigida as gypsy dancing girl Esmerelda, whose friendship with Quasimodo motivates the story. As in previous adaptations of the Hugo novel, the villain Frolio Alain Cluny, originally a priest, is given a less-controversial station in life: in this case, he is an alchemist rather than a man of the cloth. Otherwise, Notre Dame de Paris is one of the more faithful renditions of the original novel, even unto retaining Hugo's unhappy ending. When first released in the U.S. by Allied Artists, the film was titled Hunchback of Paris, to avoid a copyright conflict with RKO's 1939 adaptation of Hunchback of Notre Dame.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2007
  • EAN: 4897007030743
  • Original Release: 1957
  • Source: Imports
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 49,273

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gina Lollobrigida Esmeralda
Anthony Quinn Quasimodo
Jean Danet Capt. Phoebus
Alain Cuny Claude Frollo
Dr. Robert Hirsch Gringoire
Philippe Clay Clopin Trouillefou
Maurice Sarfati Jehan Frollo
Danielle Dumont Fleur de Lys
Jean Tissier Louis XI
Madeleine Barbulee Mme. Lecornu
Roger Blin Mathias Hungadi
Paul Bonifas Maitre Lecomu
Georges Douking Hoodlum
Jacques Dufilho Guillaume Rousseau
Daniel Emilfork Andry Le Rouse
Jacques Hilling Charmolue
Robert Lombard Coppenole
Albert Michel Night Watchman
Pierre Pieral The Dwarf
Albert Remy Jupiter
Boris Vian The Cardinal
Marianne Oswald La Falourdel
Camille Guerini The President
Hubert DeLapparent Haraucourt
Valentine Tessier Aloyse de Gondelaurier
Jean Martin
Technical Credits
Jean Delannoy Director
Jean Aurenche Screenwriter
Georges Auric Score Composer, Songwriter
Georges Benda Costumes/Costume Designer
Colosantis and Brenda Costumes/Costume Designer
Raymond Hakim Producer
Robert Hakim Producer
Michel Kelber Cinematographer
Paul Lafargs Songwriter
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Songwriter
Léonide Massine Choreography
Jacques Prévert Screenwriter
René Renoux Art Director
Henri Taverna Editor
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