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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956)

aka The Hunchback of Notre Dame

"The timeless tale of the seductive gypsy Esmeralda and the tortured hunchback Quasimodo."

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Details: 115 mins · French · PG (USA)


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Small Esmeralda
Small Quasimodo
Small Phoebus de Chateaupers
Small Claude Frollo


No_movie_poster Georges Auric Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Raymond Hakim Producer
No_movie_poster Jean Aurenche Screenplay
No_movie_poster Jean Delannoy Director
No_movie_poster Michel Kelber Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Henri Taverna Editor
No_movie_poster Robert Hakim Production
No_movie_poster Jacques Prévert Writer
No_movie_poster Ben Hecht Writer
Small Victor Hugo Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Henri Taverna Editing


"The timeless tale of the seductive gypsy Esmeralda and the tortured hunchback Quasimodo."


The Hunchback of Notre Dame (in French Notre-Dame de Paris) is a 1956 French film version of Victor Hugo's novel of the same name, directed by Jean Delannoy and produced by Raymond Hakim and Robert Hakim. The film is the first version of the novel to be made in color.

It stars Mexican actor Anthony Quinn as Quasimodo and Gina Lollobrigida as Esmeralda. In the tradition of many sword and sandal spectacles, Quinn and Lollobrigida are the only two actors in the film who actually speak in English; the rest of the cast is made up of French actors who have had their voices dubbed into English. Anthony Quinn's portrayal of the hunchback Quasimodo is more human and less horrific than most other portrayals. Instead of having a huge hump and a hideously deformed face, he only has a small curve in his spine and a slightly deformed face. The film is one of the few adaptations to use Victor Hugo's original ending; although Esmeralda is killed by a stray arrow rather than hanged. Esmeralda's last words were: "Life is wonderful" ("C'est beau, la vie"). A voiceover narration tells us at the end that several years afterward, an excavation group finds the skeletons of Quasimodo and Esmeralda intertwined in an embrace.

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