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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sous-titres franais)

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  • Actors: Tom Hulce, Kevin Kline, Frank Welker, David Ogden Stiers, Heidi Mollenhauer
  • Directors: William Dieterle, Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
  • Writers: Jonathan Roberts, Noni White, Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, Irene Mecchi
  • Format: Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Dec 16 1997
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0045HCJS0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,927 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (DVD) (Rpkg)

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Of the many film versions of Victor Hugo's novel, this classic from Hollywood's golden year of 1939 remains the best, rivaled only by the 1923 silent version starring Lon Chaney. In his triumphant attempt to create a performance as memorable as Chaney's, Charles Laughton played the lovelorn Parisian hunchback Quasimodo under a disfiguring costume and gruesome makeup that rendered the actor almost unrecognizable. The result is a gripping and heartfelt portrayal of the misshapen bell ringer who falls desperately in love with the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda (played by Maureen O'Hara). The lavish production also greatly benefits from exquisitely moody black-and-white cinematography, brilliant medieval set design, and the atmospheric direction by German expatriate William Dieterle, whose style was heavily influenced by German films of the era. The DVD release includes the original theatrical trailer plus an additional audio track with authoritative commentary by film historian Paul Mandell. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Blu-ray
The Best adaptation of Victor Hugo's Masterpiece. Laughton is perfect and Maureen O'Hara at 19 (My favorite actress of the 30's, 40's, 50's and beyond) is Beauty incarnate. The production is fantastic and all the cast is spot on. For a good and thorough review by Michael Reuben, go to Blu-ray.com at: [...] The Bells are ringing for the Hunchback of Notre-Dame...
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Format: Blu-ray
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME [1939] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Examples of Hollywood Expertise at Work! Big Beyond Words! Thrilling Beyond Belief! Magnificent Beyond Compare!

With huge sets, rousing scenes and a versatile throng portraying a medieval Paris of cutthroats, clergy, beggars and nobles. 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' [1939] remains one of Hollywood's all-time grandest spectacles.

Charles Laughton endured a daily five-and-a-half-hour makeup session to become Quasimodo, the mocked and vilified bell ringer of Notre Dame. The result was one of his best performances: outsized yet nuanced, heartrending yet inspiring. Maureen O'Hara is the gypsy Esmeralda, whose simple act of pity frees the emotions within him. When she is wrongly condemned, he rescues her from hanging, sweeping all of Paris into a fight for justice.

FILM FACT: Award Nominations: Academy Award® for Best Original Music Score for Alfred Newman. Academy Award® for Best Sound for John Aalberg. For this production RKO Radio Pictures built on their movie ranch a massive medieval city of Paris and Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the largest and most extravagant sets ever constructed. The characters of Claude Frollo and Jehan Frollo are changed as in the 1923 film: instead of being the bad archdeacon as in the novel. The only difference in this film is that Claude is portrayed as an archbishop and Jehan Frollo is portrayed as a judge.
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When director William Dieterle transformed Victor Hugo's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME to fit the big screen, he succeeded in capturing the power and sweep of an age that was characterized by individual examples of humanity lost in a sea of inhumanity. Much has been said about the universality of the Beauty and the Beast theme that has marked many past and future books, movies, and television series. Here, Dieterle makes use of the considerable talents of Charles Laughton as Quasimodo, Maureen O'Hara as Esmeralda and Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Frollo, all of whom play out their lives against a brute Parisian government that seemed determined to crush any opposition. One of the less acknowledged aspects of the Beauty versus Beast contrast is the theme that the beauty of Esmeralda and the beastiness of Quasimodo are not limited to those two alone. The very system that wrecks the lives of the poverty-stricken populace puts on a facade of saintliness that makes its inner core of corrupt ugliness all the more stark.
O'Hara's Esmeralda is sweetness personified. She is a lovely gypsy woman who unhappily catches the eye of a lecherous Chief Prosecutor, sanctimoniously played by Hardwicke, who commits a murder only to frame Esmeralda, who has rejected his advances. Hardwicke plays the Chief Prosecutor in a way that brings to mind every corrupt official who has ever been caught with his hand in the till. He sees nothing wrong with using the full weight of his office to humiliate and condemn a woman who has done nothing to deserve this. Enter Quasimodo, a hunchbacked and deaf bell ringer whose appearance frightens others to the same extent that Esmeralda's captivates these same others. Early on, she takes pity on him by giving him water after a savage lashing.
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In viewing 1939's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," one must forget the novel upon which it is based and just enjoy it for what it is--one of the greatest films in a year of great films. It is an allegory of the war which was just then breaking out. The King of France is amazingly modern in some of his attitudes (read "politically correct"), especially for his time, which is anachronistic, to say the least. The casting is wonderful, with some of the greatest character actors of the time in signature roles. Many of the changes in the characters were obviously made not to offend. Clearly, in 1939 one could not have a lust-obsessed priest stalking a heathen gypsy girl through the streets of Paris, so the priest's younger brother in the book, Jehan, became the sinister High Justice and the villain of this piece. Cedric Hardwicke is powerful in this role, but sympathetic as a tormented man overcome with a forbidden desire. Thomas Mitchell is wonderful as the lusty King of the Beggars ("I don't cut purses--I cut throats!"). Maureen O'Hara is gorgeous as Esmeralda, though she bears little resemblance to the literary character. Charles Laughton gives one of the greatest performances of all time as Quasimodo. It is almost too painful to watch him sometimes. As I have read, his makeup could not copy the description in the novel, as Lon Chaney had reproduced it exactly for his version in the 1920s and had copyrighted it. The Alfred Newman score is truly marvelous. The novel is a tragedy, but the film has a happy ending--Esmeralda is not hanged and is reunited with Gringoire. The unhappy one at the end is Quasimodo ("Oh, why was I not made of stone, like thee?")
To repeat, forget the novel if you have read it and just enjoy the film as a Gothic masterpiece, good for any age.
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