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Hunchback of Notre Dame (Silent)

This silent classic is the first feature version of the Victor Hugo epic. Lon Chaney's performance and incredible make-up vividly bring this picture to life
Hunchback of Notre Dame (Silent)
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DVD Features:

  • Silent film based on the novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" by Victor Hugo
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1923
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Lon Chaney, cinema's "Man of a Thousand Faces," stars in this silent classic - the first version of Victor Hugo's novel about the tortured hunchback. Half-blind and monstrously deformed, Quasimodo dwells within the sanctuary of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Ridiculed and exploited by a cruel world, he passionately rings the cathedral's great bells to express his feelings. Quasimodo secretly loves a beautiful gypsy girl named Esmeralda, for whom he sacrifices his life when he rescues her from her evil guardian. Chaney's great performance and his incredible use of make-up brilliantly evoke both terror and pity for the hunchback as this classic tale is played out in medieval Paris.

Product Description:

This silent film is the first screen version of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel. Chaney plays the deformed bell-ringer who is smitten by a beautiful dancing girl persecuted by the wicked Bishop of Notre Dame.

Plot Synopsis:

A disfigured outcast from society, Quasimodo shows his humanity by rescuing a fair maiden marked for death. In the star-making gothic classic, the noble hunchback gives his life for the love of a young woman.

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Essential Cinema | Physically Impaired | Romance | Silent | Tragedy | Vintage | Wise Fools

Production Notes:

  • The Image Entertainment CAV laserdisc version (Cat. #ID-3544DS) contains the following:
    * A remastered sepia-and-blue tinted print of the film.
    * A look at the Notre Dame courtyard set.
    * A trivia-packed reproduction of the original souvenir
    program.
    * A gatefold essay by Lon Chaney's biographer, Michael F.
    Blake.
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Customer Rating: Rating 4.4
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Rating 5.0 The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Movie Lover: from clamart, Hauts-de-Seine FR -- March, 27, 2004

Closer to Hugo's novel than the 1939(more critically acclaimed)version and in ways as close as the 1957 version,this version remains one of the truly great silent masterpieces. Still totally watchable and absorbing tale of terror,revenge and passion set in Paris's Notre
Dame Cathedral. Unquestionably one of Chaney's finest films!


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  • Sales Rank: 13,481
  • UPC: 089218319593
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