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Lon Chaney, the man of a thousand faces, was best known for playing Quasimodo and the Phantom of the Opera. But the former role was clearly the most ambitious of his illustrious career, full of such longing and anguish. It's as though his entire being was consumed by this ugly outcast with a heart as big and beautiful as Notre Dame itself. And the makeup is still astonishing. The rest of this unrequited love story is pretty effective as well, with the re-creation of medieval Paris a standout for its lavishness. Like all great silent films, it delivers a poetry of life that is abstract and tangible at the same time.--Bill Desowitz
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CastNorman Kerry, Lon Chaney, Sr., Patsy Ruth Miller, Kate Lester, Winifred Bryson
DirectorWallace Worsley
Genre:  Classics, Drama, History, Romance
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
Screen WriterEdward T. Lowe Jr., Perley Poore Sheehan
DVD Release Date:  February 19, 2002
Runtime:  110 minutes
Studio:  Alpha Video, Image Entertainment, Milestone, Universal Studios
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Adapted from the famous novel by Victor Hugo, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME stars Lon Chaney as Quasimodo, the title character. In film begins with the people of Paris reveling and celebrating the Feast of Fools while Quasimodo watches from above in the towers of the famous cathedral. Quasimodo is jealous of their joy and makes faces at the people below. However, his curiosity becomes piqued and he eventually descends and joins the crowds and is crowned the King of Fools. Meanwhile, Quasimodo's master …
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