For its time it had a huge budget with imposing grandiose sets, an all-star cast and magnificent on-location filming. The story revolves are the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris. Notre Dame built in the 12th century is displayed magnificently by cinematographer Joseph August.
DVD Verified Purchase First of all put the play at some distance or you will not enjoy this amazing film. It purports to be the play but it is very much a thoroughly edited and interpreted version of Shakespeare.
Filmed in black and white with great extravagance, it features familiar faces and new faces. While the comedic scenes are strained and the acting style very much of it's period, there is so much to enjoy here that I cannot complain.
To begin with there is the clear vision which the director has of the script.
Then there is the feast of visual delights, wonderful flying scenes, lush music and opulent sets; more-so even than in De Mille's contemporary'Cleopatra'. It is all carried out with great conviction and sometimes startling innovation - the use of glittering screens before the camera to enhance Oberon's fairy world for instance - as well as stunning lighting effects.
My personal favourites among the actors was James Cagney. He seems utterly miscast, yet draws out the pathos of Bottom's situation, so that you forget the film and just feel the character.
It is powerful stuff from someone seldom acknowledged as a fine actor. Give it go and you will not be disappointed provided you are not expecting the tumbling, violent, shocking, dark, bucolic nature of Shakespeare! This is more akin to Sinbad the Sailor than Hamlet.
It's wonderful and entertaining!This Pin was discovered by Joseph Christina. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest. Set in fifteenth century France, The Hunchback of Notre Dame captures the medieval era's tumult, as superstition and prejudice war with progress, both material and intellectual.
Church and state unite to attempt to hold back the waves of change sweeping over Europe, as it rides the crest of the Renaissance/5(5).
Although Laughton doesn't attempt the acrobatics that Lon Chaney performed in the silent version, his hunchback comes across as one of the cinema's most impressive 'grotesque' characterisations. William Dieterle (writer/Assad) began directing films in , and later immigrated to Hollywood, where he directed, most notably, ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.
Betty Davis AKA: Born: Ruth Elizabeth Davis Birth: April Lowell, MA Death: Oct - Neuilly-sur-Seine, France Occupation: Actress Best Actress Oscar for Dangerous Best.
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris, "Our Lady of Paris") is a French Romantic/Gothic novel by Victor Hugo, published in