The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Sold for US$ 212,575 inc. premium
The W.E. "Wes" Shank Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Memorabilia
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Universal Pictures, 1923. U.S. one sheet poster, unrestored, framed. The character of Quasimodo in Victor Hugo's story was well-suited to the chameleon-like actor, Lon Chaney, whose artistry with makeup and ability to play deformed or disfigured characters were without parallel. Directed by Wallace Worsley and produced by Irving Thalberg, the production was particularly lush, with expensive sets and thousands of extras. Chaney had originally hoped for Erich von Stroheim as director, but he had been recently fired for going wildly over budget on his last film. Also featured in the cast were Patsy Ruth Miller as Esmeralda and Norman Kerry as Phoebus de Chateaupers. The movie secured Chaney's status as a top-tier film star, raking in $3.5 million and propelling him to bigger and more complicated roles. Though the film has been remade over the years, including the impressive 1939 version with Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara, many consider Chaney's portrayal of Quasimodo to be the most faithful to Hugo's novel in its ability to elicit from audiences the perfect combination of shock and pathos. This colorful poster depicts Esmeralda dancing for the crowd at The Festival of Fools.
Overall: 30.25 x 44.5 x 1.75 in.; within frame: 27 x 41 in.
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