Rent The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

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Synopsis:
In this silent classic, deformed bellringer Quasimodo falls for the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda and comes to her aid when she is accused of murder. Starring the acknowledged master of horror films, Lon Chaney, this is widely regarded as one of his finest performances.
Actors:
, Patsy Ruth Miller, , , Winifred Bryson, , , , , Harry von Meter, , , , Roy Laidlaw, Ray Myers, William Parke, , John Cossar, Edwin Wallock,
Directors:
Writers:
Victor Hugo, Perley Poore Sheehan
Studio:
Elstree Hill Entertainment
Genres:
Classics, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/10/2004
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Silent
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W

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Silent Classic. - The Hunchback of Notre Dame review by Steve

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Updated 24/08/2021

This lavish adaptation of Victor Hugo's historical melodrama was Universal studio's most lucrative hit of the 1920s. It is set in 1482 and focuses on the romance of a gypsy, Esmerelda, with a nobleman in a socially polarised Paris; of the arrogant, brutal aristocracy and the persecuted poor.

Patsy Ruth Miller is histrionic and lacks appeal as the untamed dancing girl. What everyone remembers the film for is the grotesquery of Lon Chaney's portrayal of the title character, Quasimodo, the ringer of the bells. It's Chaney who makes this a horror film at all, not just for his legendary make-up effects, the deformity and gymnastics, but for the strange, primal enigma of his character.

Worsley's film is pretty early cinema and it doesn't have the visual expressionism of some of the later silent horrors, but what it does abundantly present is spectacle with the magnificent sets, particularly of the medieval cathedral, with its huge cast of extras in period costume.

This is the film where the great Lon Chaney became a big a star around the world and his Quasimodo remains definitive. The spectacle of the film, whether Chaney's demonic aura or the convincing recreation of fifteenth century Paris makes the first Hunchback of Notre-Dame the earliest Hollywood horror classic.

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