The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

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“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is a 1923 silent film directed by Wallace Worsley, based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo. The film stars Lon Chaney in the lead role of Quasimodo, a deformed bell-ringer who lives in the bell tower of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

The film follows the story of Quasimodo, who is shunned by society due to his physical appearance, and Esmeralda (Patsy Ruth Miller), a beautiful gypsy dancer who captures his heart. Esmeralda is the target of the evil Archdeacon Frollo (Brandon Hurst), who becomes obsessed with her and orders Quasimodo to kidnap her.

As the story unfolds, Quasimodo becomes a hero, saving Esmeralda from Frollo and his henchmen. The film climaxes with a dramatic scene in which Quasimodo, fighting for his love and honor, leads a revolt against Frollo and his soldiers.

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is notable for its stunning visuals and Chaney’s powerful performance as Quasimodo. The film’s themes of love, prejudice, and social injustice still resonate today, and it remains a classic example of early silent cinema. It was a commercial and critical success upon its release and has since been recognized as a landmark film in the history of cinema.

Wallace Worsley

Victor Hugo, Perley Poore Sheehan, Edward T. Lowe Jr.

Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry

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