All Hunchback of Notre Dame movies

Below I've made a listing of all the changes made to Victor Hugo’s novel in these movie adaptations. 1923 Quasimodo - Lon Chaney Esmeralda - Patsy Ruth Miller Frollo - Brandon Hurst https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh20p-GvCl0 1939 Quasimodo - Charles Laughton Esmeralda - Maureen O'Hara Frollo - Sir Cedric Hardwicke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_p8khzyK-E 1956 Anthony Quinn as Quasimodo Esmeralda - … Continue reading All Hunchback of Notre Dame movies

Quasimodo d’El Paris

I recently saw an adaptation of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" set in the modern day. It's a French-language film, a black comedy/satire known as Quasimodo d’El Paris. It's set in 1999 or thereabouts in an unnamed place, in a city called El Paris. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy8KIUCGSAA&list=PLGuUJt6IB8_ET1gFct-hHQO62Dkqx90Lm&index=23 It is strange and over-the-top, but funny and charming.  It … Continue reading Quasimodo d’El Paris

Anthony Quinn’s Hunchback

If you want to hear Victor Hugo's story in French, check out this version from 1956: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL178C3C3F3342FBB0 This is Gina Lollobrigida’s movie in many ways, but I like Anthony Quinn here. The one thing I don't like is the implication that Quasimodo is mentally impaired. But then again, that’s not entirely different from Hugo, who … Continue reading Anthony Quinn’s Hunchback

Quasimodo will be played today by Hannibal Lecter

Two freaks, Quasimodo and Hannibal Lecter, who have nothing in common, except that they have both been portrayed by Sir Anthony Hopkins. After reading “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” recently, I saw the 1982 television adaptation starring Hopkins as Quasimodo, Lesley-Ann Down as Esmeralda, Derek Jacobi as Claude Frollo, Robert Powell as Phoebus and John … Continue reading Quasimodo will be played today by Hannibal Lecter

Hero, meet your villain; or, never mind

It's a common trope in fiction: a final confrontation between the central hero of a story and its central villain. It's an important trope in Westerns, both on the page and screen -- Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" is just one famous example. And we see it in works of fiction that are too many to count: … Continue reading Hero, meet your villain; or, never mind