Come and experience this epic story and production with the Bristol Ensemble – A Flicker Alley restoration with live orchestra celebrating 100 years since it was first released in September 1923.
Hunchback is a huge production: the sets depicting 15th-century Paris covered nineteen acres of Universal Pictures’ back lot and included the façade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Filming took six months and the climactic sequence employed two thousand extras, but it’s Lon Chaney’s performance that makes the character unforgettable.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame premiered at New York’s Astor Theatre on September 2,1923.The success of the film was immediate; it made Carl Laemmle and Universal Pictures a fortune, and turned Lon Chaney into a screen legend. This edition is restored and mastered by Flicker Alley from a multi-tinted 16mm print struck in 1926 from the original camera negative. Screened with a symphonic score by Robert Israel.