CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Public Domain Horror "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is a gothic novel with a touch of Hans Christian Anderson's steadfast tin soldier. The Hunchbacked hero, Quasimodo gave his love to a gypsy girl during the unrest resulting in the French Revolution. Victor Hugo's book takes on a tragic dimension and a morbid, but satisfying conclusion. It his interesting to note how each generation that remade "The Hunchback" has changed their ending to show the sign of the times. Heck, in 1996 Walt Disney animation made a musical out of Victor Hugo's gothic romance.

Universal Studios went all out to produce an epic staring their Master Character Creator, Lon Chaney." Chaney's herculean efforts as a sympathetic monster set higher standard for performance on film for future Quasimodos like Charles Laughton, Anthony Quinn and Sir Anthony Hopkins. This 1923 version has visual power that could only be reproduced today with computerized CGI and green screens. To the distributors credit, much attention was paid to the aural elements of this silent movie, especially with the use of sound effects and appropriate musical score. Lon Chaney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is an epic not to be missed.
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