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5.0 out of 5 stars A great piece of cinematography, 11 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: The Hunchback of Notre Dame [1923] (Silent Version)[DVD] (DVD)
This film was made in 1923, when movie making was in its infancy. That doesn't just mean silent, or black and white - it means scripts, casting, sets, lighting, make-up and everything else.

Praise be, they made a fantastic film here. It is what we would perhaps now describe as an "action drama" or maybe an "action thriller". There is plenty going on in the plotline and it's pretty compelling to watch, with huge chunks of pathos. Patsy Ruth Miller gives a wonderful lively take as Esmeralda; Lon Chaney is excellent as the poor afflicted Quasimodo, whether with slapstick fun, lonely despair, or untempered rage. But there are so many other wonderful convincing character portrayals, including gallant heroes and wicked villains that established a high benchmark for others to aim at down the years.

And this is a hugely long film too, at more than 100 minutes duration. Astonishing for that era. Watch it with an awareness of movie-making history and you shouldn't be at all disappointed.

Okay, so it's a budget package without extras, but that's also why it's a budget price. Wonderful and highly recommended.
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