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Hunchback of Notre Dame Blu Ray

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Hunchback of Notre Dame Blu Ray

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The first film to fully capitalize on Lon Chaney’s unorthodox appeal, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame is a sumptuous dramatization of Victor Hugo’s classic novel, produced by Universal Studios at the then-phenomenal cost of $1.25 million. This was an extraordinary gamble, since the film boldly deviated from established Hollywood formula and made its central character not a charming romantic ideal, but a grusomely disfigured “monster” who is incapable of arousing in the beautiful leading lady anything more than pity.

As Quasimodo, the deaf bell-ringer of the Notre Dame cathedral, Chaney is a marvel of makeup and nonverbal expression, shuffling through the streets of medieval Paris, communing with the gargoyles of the cathedral’s towers, dutifully suffering the lashes and humiliation for a crime committed by another, expressing a heart-rending love for a beautiful gypsy girl (Patsy Ruth Miller) who naïely sees only the military officer who represents the heroic ideal (Norman Kerry, who would again portray Chaney’s handsome rival in Phantom Of The Opera and The Unknown). It is a performance that has lost none of its impact in the more than 70 years since its premiere.

 

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  • Audio commentary by film critic Farran Smith Nehme
  • Booklet essay by film historian Michael F. Blake
  • “Life in Hollywood” newsreel
  • Lon Chaney Home Movie footage
  • Music by Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum & Laura Karpman
  • Slideshow of production correspondence
  • Slideshow of production stills
Year: 1923
Running Time: 100
Color Type: Tinted B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English

Label: Kino Lorber

Actors:
Lon Chaney
Ernest Torrence
Tully Marshall
Patsy Ruth Miller
Norman Kerry
Directed by Wallace Worsley

 

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