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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Review

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In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen.

★★★★★

The film that rocketed Lon Chaney from respected character actor to major star, Wallace Worsley’s silent take on Victor Hugo’s deformed-bellringer yarn was an Avatar of its day, an event movie marked by groundbreaking special effects (Chaney’s make-up took three hours to apply) and a stunning evocation of a far-off land (15th century France).

Worsley’s direction is lumbering, but the film thrives because of Chaney’s heart-tugging performance.

An Avatar of its day, an event movie marked by groundbreaking special effects.

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