|The Hunchback of Notre Dame|
French theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jean Delannoy|
|Produced by||Raymond Hakim|
|Written by||Victor Hugo (novel)|
|Based on||The Hunchback of Notre Dame|
by Victor Hugo
|Music by||Georges Auric|
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
|Edited by||Henri Taverna|
|Distributed by||Allied Artists Pictures Corporation|
|November 23, 1956|
|Box office||$2.25 million (US and Canadian rentals)|
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (in French Notre-Dame de Paris) is a 1956 French-Italian CinemaScope film version of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel, directed by Jean Delannoy and produced by Raymond Hakim and Robert Hakim. It stars American actor Anthony Quinn and Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida. The film is the first version of the novel to be made in color.
In the tradition of many sword and sandal spectacles, Quinn and Lollobrigida are the only two actors in the film who actually speak in English; the rest of the cast is made up of French actors who have had their voices dubbed into English.
Anthony Quinn's portrayal of the hunchback Quasimodo is more human and less horrific than most other portrayals. Instead of having a huge hump and a hideously deformed face, he only has a small curve in his spine and a slightly deformed face.
The film is one of the few adaptations to use Victor Hugo's original ending; although Esmeralda is killed by a stray arrow rather than hanged. Esmeralda's last words were: "Life is wonderful" ("C'est beau, la vie"). A voiceover narration tells us at the end that several years afterward, an excavation group finds the skeletons of Quasimodo and Esmeralda intertwined in an embrace.
- Gina Lollobrigida as Esmeralda
- Anthony Quinn as Quasimodo
- Jean Danet as Phoebus de Chateaupers
- Alain Cuny as Claude Frollo
- Robert Hirsch as Pierre Gringoire
- Danielle Dumont as Fleur de Lys
- Philippe Clay as Clopin Trouillefou
- Maurice Sarfati as Jehan Frollo
- Jean Tissier as King Louis XI
- Valentine Tessier as Aloyse de Gondelaurier
- Jacques Hilling as Maitre Charmolue
- Jacques Dufilho as Guillaume Rousseau
- Roger Blin as Mathias Hungadi Spicali
- Marianne Oswald as La Falourdel
- Roland Bailly as The Hangman
- Piéral as The Dwarf
- Camille Guérini as The President
- Damia as The Beggar
- Robert Lombard as Jacques Coppenole
- Albert Rémy as Jupiter
- Hubert de Lapparent as Guillaume de Harancourt
- Boris Vian as Cardinal Charles of Bourbon
- Georges Douking as A Thief
- Paul Bonifas as Master Lecornu
- Madeleine Barbulée as Madame Outarde
- Albert Michel as Night Watchman
- Daniel Emilfork as Andry le Rouge
The film was the biggest grosser in Paris in the 1956-1957 season with a gross of $603,000 on admissions of 1,064,061. It had the third most admissions in France for films released in 1956 with 5,687,222 admissions.
The film earned rentals of $2.25 million in the United States and Canada.
Comic book adaption
- "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30
- "Yank Pix High on Paris List of Hit Films". Variety. June 19, 1957. p. 15. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
- "Notre-Dame de Paris". JP's Box Office. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
- "Les Entrees En France Anee 1956". JP's Box Office. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
- "Dell Four Color #854". Grand Comics Database.
- Dell Four Color #854 at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)
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