The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 1956. France/Italy. Directed by Jean Delannoy. Screenplay by Jean Aurenche, Jacques Prévert, based on the novel by Victor Hugo. With Gina Lollobrigida, Anthony Quinn, Alain Cluny. In Italian; English subtitles. 115 min.
In this version of Hugo’s timeless tale of beauty, the beast, and the cathedral of Notre Dame, Anthony Quinn plays the sad Quasimodo as more human and less monstrous. He is a victim of failed physiognomy and a malicious world. When the tambourine-playing Esmeralda enchants Quasimodo, he is transformed.