The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Synopsis: Clopin bought Esmeralda from the gypsies when she was young. Dancing in the square at the festival, Esmeralda is spotted by Jehan, the evil brother of the good archdeacon Claude Frollo. When he sets Quasimodo out to kidnap Esmeralda, Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, rescues her and captures Quasimodo. The courts sentence Quasimodo to be flogged, and the only one who will give him water while he is tied in the square is Esmeralda. After Clopin forces Esmeralda to leave Phoebus at the ball, she sends a note to Phoebus to meet her at Notre-Dame. In the garden, Phoebus is stabbed in the back by Jehan. Esmeralda is accused of stabbing Phoebus, convicted by the courts and sentenced to hang. When Esmeralda again rejects Jehan, he tells her that Phoebus is dead, even though it is not true. Clopin, Phoebus and Quasimodo all try different ways to save Esmeralda.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Director(s): Wallace Worsley
Production: Gravitas
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133 min

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, the Cathedral Church of Paris

... a spiritual haven in a

brutal age ... a sanctuary

where the persecuted could

find protection.

The enduring

monument of a

mighty faith.

It was in the broad

cathedral square that

the people met to


The Festival of

Fools ...

The one day of the

year when the people,

crushed by tyranny, gave

themselves to unrestrained


Ten years before Columbus

discovered America, there

dwelt within the rocky fastness

of the cathedral a creature

whom the Parisians of that

day knew as "the Hunchback

of Notre Dame"-



Deaf - half-blind - shut

off from his fellow-

men by his deformities the

bells were the only voice of

his groping soul.

To the townspeople he

was an inhuman freak,

a monstrous joke of Nature-

and for their jeers he gave

them bitter scorn and hate.

His most Christian

Majesty, Louis

XI.-a crafty oppressor

of his people, whose

dungeons were always

full, whose executioners

always busy.

"We like not this ribaldry.

It savors of disrespect to

both God and King."

And Paris had an

uncrowned monarch-

Clopin, "The King of Beggars"

-the enemy of kings.

Dom Claude, the saintly

Arch-deacon of Notre


The Cathedral also

sheltered the Arch-

deacon's brother, Jehan, who

had foresworn a priest's robes

for more worldly garb-

"So even you bow your head

to my reverend brother!"

"Our day is coming - when

we'll bow our heads to no


"That freak is my slave. He

will be useful to us.

"Esmeralda! Esmeralda!"

Esmeralda, a child of

mystery, whom Clopin

had bought from Gypsies

and raised as his own.


"Cursed gypsy! Daughter of

Satan! Hell take you-"

Marie, Queen of

the Gypsies.

"That poor, mad creature was

once rich and happy-"

"While she was away-"

"Her child was never found.

She secludes herself in this

dark place, and lives but to

curse and pray."

"Give her back to me, O Lord

-if only for a moment. Give

me back my baby!"

The festival continued

on into the night.

Gringoire, a poet of

the streets.

The climax of the Festival

came when the ugliest

man in Paris was crowned

King of the Fools.

"Let Esmeralda dance!

Call her out!"

"Esmeralda! Esmeralda!"

Clopin's fierce heart

burned at the injustice

of the world; but it became

tender only to his foster-


With the noise of the

revelling mob still

ringing in his ears King Louis

tried to find peace in his

favorite lodging place, the

fortress of the Bastille.

"Send in that young rascal,

Phoebus de Chateaupers."

Phoebus de Chateaupers.

Men yielded to his sword

-and women to his smile.

"This commission makes you

Captain of our Guard. You

see how we reward loyalty

to the King and watchfulness

over his safety."

The home of Madame

de Gondelaurier.

Fleur de Lys, fiancee of

Captain Phoebus.

"Fie! I know your reputation.

You would say as much to

any maiden."

Madame de Gondelaurier,

aunt of Fleur de Lys.

"Phoebus - see that

pretty goat."

"Very pretty - indeed!"

"Your company is waiting

at the barracks!"

"Au revoir!"

To Esmeralda, this dashing

soldier had long been

the Prince Charming of her


Each time that Jehan

beheld Esmeralda he

longed to possess her.

Jehan knew the lonely

streets where Esmeralda

had to pass on her way


"Tie up this varlet!"

Alas, for man's


"It isn't safe for a pretty

child like you to be out

alone at this hour!"

"I am not afraid - now!"

The Court of Miracles -

the city of thieves - a

hideous blot on the face of

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Victor Hugo

Victor Marie Hugo (French: [viktɔʁ maʁi yɡo] ( listen); 26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside of France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. In France, Hugo is known primarily for his poetry collections, such as Les Contemplations (The Contemplations) and La Légende des siècles (The Legend of the Ages). Hugo was at the forefront of the romantic literary movement with his play Cromwell and drama Hernani. Many of his works have inspired music, both during his lifetime and after his death, including the musicals Notre-Dame de Paris and Les Misérables. He produced more than 4,000 drawings in his lifetime, and campaigned for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment. Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views changed as the decades passed, and he became a passionate supporter of republicanism; his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and the artistic trends of his time. He is buried in the Panthéon in Paris. His legacy has been honoured in many ways, including his portrait being placed on French currency. more…

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