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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
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as Madame de Gondelaurier
as Louis XI
as Dom Claude
as Monsieur Neufchatel
as Fleur de Lys
as Monsieur Le Torteru
as King's Chamberlain
as Charmolou's Assistant
as Judge of Court
Critic Reviews for The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Although it is an elaborate-studied piece of work, over which much time and many dollars have been spent, it makes no tumultuous call upon our enthusiasm.
Worth seeing mainly for Chaney's remarkable performance; even bowed and constricted by the heavy weights he used to help simulate Quasimodo's crippled gait, his body remains extraordinarily expressive.
The self-torture demanded by Chaney's makeup is impressive, as are the scales of the sets and the crowd scenes, but nothing comes to life under the flat direction of Wallace Worsley.
Every architectural detail, from the gargoyles down, is intact. It is a stupendous scene -- so good, in fact, that a great many incredulous observers will shake their heads wisely and announce that the whole thing is no more than a clever fake.
An awe-inspiring achievement, featuring magnificent sets (built on the Universal backlot), the proverbial cast of thousands (the crowd scenes are mesmerizing), and an opportunity to catch Lon Chaney at his most commanding.
Audience Reviews for The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo takes it upon himself to protect the beautiful and kindhearted gypsy girl Esmeralda when she is falsely accused of murder. The silent version with Lon Chaney is understandably overshadowed by the magnificent talkie with Charles Laughton, but this one is fast-paced and spectacular by silent film standards, packing quite a bit of Victor Hugo's novel into about two hours.
Worth seeing for Lon Chaney's performance and the grand 15th century Paris settings.
To be honest I was expecting to like this a lot more than I did. I'm especially disappointed that adaptation decay existed even in the very early pictures, and I wasn't really able to get over how sanitised elements of it were from the novel.
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